Google is said to be considering introducing a mid-size 8.9in model to its Nexus tablet lineup, according to analyst firm IHS Technologies.
The new addition to the Nexus family will reportedly focus on “high performance”, with production supposedly pencilled in to get underway over the Summer.
“Volume production is expected to start in July or August,” IHS' Rhoda Alexander told CNET via email this week. “The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.”
As for who will get the nod to manufacturer it, Alexander suggests HTC is in pole position – a slight surprise since the Taiwanese firm has been out of the tablet game for a while now. Price-wise we're told to expect something higher than $299 (£180).
Interestingly, Alexander isn't the only one predicting a new Nexus size option. Earlier this week, DigiTimes also spoke of an 8.9in Nexus being in the works, adding that it would likely have a resolution of above 2K (2048 x 1152). It also suggested mass production would kick off in July.
So where does that leave the existing Nexus lineup? The Nexus 7's future seems straightforward enough – it's been an enduringly popular device, and it's entry level price tag means a more performance-based model arriving elsewhere in the range shouldn't have any impact on its future.
The real question mark is over the Samsung-made Nexus 10, which has been linked with a Summer refresh of its own. But if an 8.9in model is indeed on the way, and at a price that directly overlaps the larger 10in Nexus' slot in the lineup, surely something will have to give?
Unsurprisingly, none of the companies involved have been willing to comment on the subject, so we'll just have to wait and see.