Over the past few months, there have been quite a few rumors to suggest that HTC is working on the next Nexus tablet – perhaps the last Nexus tablet before the rumored “Android Silver” program replaces the Nexus program. In any case, we finally have a bit more information to go by, thanks again to the sleuths at Android Police who have uncovered some internal HTC documentation that lay out some specs for the HTC Volantis, or the Nexus 9.
The tablet will feature an 8.9-inch display with 2048 x 1440 resolution and 281 ppi, an NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1), 2GB RAM, 16 or 32GB internal storage options, an 8MP OIS main camera, a 3MP front facing camera, aluminum zero-gap construction, and stereo front-facing speakers. It supposedly weighs 418g and will also have a 4G LTE option, unlike the Samsung Nexus 10.
According to Android Police – which isn’t even calling this a rumor, as it is very confident in its sources – the tablet could be released by the end of this year. We should not expect it later this week at Google I/O.
Pricing is said to be $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for 32GB, and even higher for the LTE version. It’s unclear whether this tablet would replace both the current Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, or whether this is simply a new size option that Google wishes to add to the Nexus lineup. In any case, does this sound like something you’d buy?[Android Police via Phandroid]