Google Nexus 8 Release Leaked Photos Ahead of Google I/O to Feature Advanced Vision Capabilities

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By Precious Silva | June 9, 2014 8:54 PM EST

News about Google's Nexus 8 surfaced early this year but there have not been any solid tips about the device until recently. According to reports, the much anticipated tablet from the internet giant showed up in a series of leaked photos. The leaked images give an insight on what people can expect from the tablet. There are also reports suggesting that Google has been working in incorporating advanced vision capabilities on its upcoming slates. 

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Hugo Barra, director of Product Management at Android, holds a new Nexus 7 tablet during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California, July 24, 2013.

The photos came from Chinese website Mydrivers.com. The leaked images show a wrapped Nexus 8 in an outer case. The case got in the way of the photo therefore obscuring what the tablet's exterior will look entirely. Nonetheless, the screen does appear to have a series of large icons. Other details provided in the website include a Qualcomm 64-bit ARM processor, 3GB RAM and Android 4.5. 

If Google will push through with the Qualcomm 64-bit ARM processor then will debunk previous reports saying that the Nexus 8 will run on an Intel Moorefield 64-bit chip. The Nexus 8 also marks Google's entry to the 8-inch sector. The company has only previously released 7-inch and 10-inch slates through the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. 

According to analysts, Google's venture into the 8-inch market is largely due to the increased competition in the 7-inch sector. The market is turning saturated with the number of companies releasing countless products under this category. A slightly larger device should generate enough attention and give Google leverage as the dimension has not been as exploited. 

Google has not released an official announcement about the Nexus 8 but there have been reports about the company's venture into advanced vision capabilities. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company plans to test 4,000 prototypes featuring in-depth sensors and two back cameras. The devices will also be equipped with advanced software capable of capturing accurate three-dimensional images of objects. The project should start this June although it was initially intended for a 7-inch screen. However, reports about Google's shift may also mean a switch to 8-inch displays as prototypes. Analysts believe Google will provide more details during its Google I/O event later this month.

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Hugo Barra, director of Product Management at Android, holds a new Nexus 7 tablet during a Google event at Dogpatch Studio in San Francisco, California, July 24, 2013.
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