Google has been working on an eight-inch successor to the Nexus 7: an Android-based Nexus 8 that will reportedly seek to draw customers away from the deep competition of both the seven-inch tablet market and the five- and six-inch smartphone market, tech news site DigiTimes reports.

“Sales performance for the second-generation Nexus 7 have been short of expectations mainly due to intense price competition in the seven-inch segment, with cumulative sales of fewer than three million units as of the end of 2013,” DigiTimes writes. These low sales apparently haven’t hurt the relationship between Google and Asustek Computer, who worked together to develop the Nexus 7 and will likely continue to produce the Nexus 8 tablet in the future. That same source hinted that the new tablet will hit stores by the end of April, and that Google will initially ship two million units at launch.

Price Disparity and Future Specs

Tech Report claims poor sales of the Google device have come as a consequence of its relatively high price. While the Nexus 7 weighs in at $229, its rival Kindle Fire HD sports a significantly lighter price tag of only $139. With many similar features, customers quickly noticed such a large disparity in price.

News organizations are also circulating rumors about possible specifications for the new tablet. One of the most prominent possible features is the tablet’s processor, which T3 says could be from the new Bay Trail line from Intel. The processors in this line are significant both because they are among the newest mobile processors from Intel and because they are 64-bit.

64-bit processors feature a number of capabilities but also a number of downfalls for mobile devices. Concerning capabilities, as T3 points out, such chips are able to utilize greater than 4 GB of RAM. This would certainly allow the new Nexus to hold more information in its memory, but it comes with a fatal flaw: more RAM requires more power.

Although 64-bit technology is great for desktop computers, laptops, and servers, those types of devices rely on power from either a large battery or wall socket. They can easily start up several gigabytes of RAM. The Nexus, however, will drain much of its battery if it has to boot that much memory time and time again. Users will find themselves low on battery power for memory allocation they might never use.

What features would you like the new Nexus tablet to offer?

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