We’ve already hear reports that Android Silver will be replacing the Nexus line of Google however that hasn’t stopped HTC from developing a new Nexus based tablet which will soon be released in the market. The tablet is codenamed Volantis (or Flounder) and is an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet which will probably be called the HTC Nexus 9 when released in the market. Photos of this device recently surfaced which also showed some of its specs and pricing.
- 8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 (281ppi)
- NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
- 2GB RAM
- 16/32GB internal storage
- 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
- Aluminum zero-gap construction
- Stereo front-facing speakers
- 8.91″x5.98″x0.31″ body (that’s 22.63×15.19×0.79cm)
- 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that’s 14.74/15.1 ounces)
The first thing that you might notice is its odd resolution of 2048×1440 pixels. This gives it a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of the usual 16:10 aspect ratio common among most Nexus tablets.
The HTC Nexus 9 will be using the Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit chip which is one of the most powerful chips available in the market today. This chip was introduced at this year’s CES event and is best known for its use of 192 GPU cores bringing console quality graphics to the mobile platform. Benchmark tests of this chip shows that it clearly outperforms the Snapdragon 801.
Other features of this device include 2GB of RAM, a 16 or 32GB internal storage option, 6MP rear and 2MP front cameras, and dual front-facing speakers.
The body of this device is made of aluminum and uses a zero gap construction.
As far as pricing goes this device is expected to retail for $399 for the 16GB version and $499 for the 32GB version. This is just for the Wi-Fi only version of the device. The version with LTE connectivity may start at the $600 price range. This makes it one of the most expensive Nexus devices to hit the market having a price comparable to the iPad Mini with Retina display.
The HTC Nexus 9 is expected to be released when the new version of Android comes out (Android Lollipop) in the fourth quarter of this year. It’s also going to be released with a couple of accessories such as a keyboard.
Sources close to this project claim that it already exists and that it has already been seen inside of Google. All of this information however is still unofficial so it’s best to take it with a grain of salt.