Google Nexus 8 set for April launch, says report

Google will reportedly launch the 8-inch addition to its Nexus lineup with an initial 2 million shipments.

For now, the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition (above) is the closest thing to a Nexus 8.
For now, the LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition (above) is the closest thing to a Nexus 8. CBS Interactive

Google's Nexus line might soon include a new tablet.

Google plans to launch an 8-inch tablet in April, dubbed the Nexus 8, to complement its current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offerings, Digitimes reported on Friday, citing people in the supply chain. Digitimes has a spotty record when it comes to accurate predictions, however, so its report should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt.

Still, this isn't the first time that we've heard rumblings of an 8-inch Nexus hitting store shelves at some point. According to Digitimes' sources, the move reflects Google's desire to deliver more value to customers who might otherwise choose a 7-inch slate.

Google worked with Asus on the Nexus 7, and it will likely continue the partnership for the Nexus 8, according to Digitimes' sources. The 8-inch tablet will launch with initial shipments of two million units, said the report.

CNET has contacted Google for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

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