New Nexus 8 could run on Intel processor

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

A new 8-inch Nexus tablet, with an Intel Bay Trail processor inside, could be on the way from Asus this year.

The 8-inch Vivo Tab Note 8 from Asus.

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The rumours come from Digitimes, quoting sources involved in the "supply chain" side of manufacturing.

The Nexus 8 is tipped to be launched sometime after February, which fits Intel's recent announcement that Bay Trail for tablets would be out in the second quarter of this year.

The move from a 7-inch form factor to an 8-inch one is rumoured to be related to sluggish demand for the 2013 Nexus 7 compared to earlier models.

Asus already has an 8-inch Intel-powered tablet coming out in Australia — the Windows-based Vivo Tab Note 8 revealed at CES 2014.

Certainly, Asus' hardware relationship with Google has been a successful one for both parties and, whatever the screen size, we'll be surprised if we don't see the company involved in the 'next Nexus'.

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