Nexus 8 Coming With A Keyboard Similar To Microsoft Surface
You thought you had heard everything about the upcoming Nexus 8, right? Well, you haven’t. The Google Nexus tablet, being supplied by HTC, is already being speculated for changes in its usual Nexus features like neat resolution at 2560 x 1600 display.
The Nexus 8, also being called as Volantis and Flounder, is the first Nexus tablet being released by HTC. Google has probably moved on from Asus to another company because of its thirst for innovation. The latest we have heard from Nexus-town is the cover being introduced to the tablet which has high similarity to the Microsoft Surface , keyboard-in-a-cover invention.
Moreover, Upleaks’ tweet on Sunday hinted at the possibility of a “magic cover” with a keyboard folio, which is pointing towards something like the Surface definitely.
Android Police has exclusively given us a snoop into the design of the keyboard.
A few details revealed by the released image of the keyboard folio include:
- Just like Apple’s Smart Covers, the cover will have numerous creases which will allow the tab to be propped up at various angles.
- Magnetic flaps will allow the cover to be folded in a triangular shape while the keyboard is being used or the tablet has been propped up.
- The case on top of the keyboard will be used to cover the tablet when not in use.
- The magnets of this magic cover will also wake/lock the screen automatically based on its attachment and detachment.
Additional features expected in Nexus 8’s keyboard include:
- Bluetooth 4.0 pairing with tablet
- 450 mAh battery for powering the keyboard – not the tablet itself
- Indicator light
- Micro USB port
The keyboard has measurements 228 x 320 x 5 mm, which means it will be really thin, where the keys will account for a height of 3 mm. However, the 15 mm pitch of the keyboard may cramp the layout because of its QWERTY format along with the function keys of Android.
The cover that actually spreads on the whole of the screen of Nexus 8 is approximately 228 x 153 mm, according to the diagram, which also gives us an insight into the size of the actual tablet. The integration of an actual keyboard with the 4:3 aspect ratio of the tablet obviously gives us a direction where Google is heading – and it’s not just playing games anymore, it’s word processing oriented too now.