HTC has been a friend of Google’s Android ecosystem since the beginning. The first Nexus device, the Google Nexus One was an HTC made device. However, the manufacturer has not been tapped by Google to make a follow up device until now. The manufacturer has been tied to rumours surrounding the next Nexus tablet device since the end of last year.
Details have emerged on a HTC built device calledx”Volantis” which seems to be an 8.9-inch tablet device with very impressive internals, possibly the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet. The tablet is touted to be coming with a 2048×1440 pixel display with an impressive 281 pixels per inch. The display is supposedly 4:3 but the ratio of the pixels don’t add up, neither does the fact that most media use the standard 16:9 or 16:10 ratio nowadays. The tablet is going to be coming with the nVidia Tegra K1 processor which is capable of 64-bit processing and 2GB of RAM with 16GB or 32GB internal memory.
The details on the camera state that the Nexus 9 will come with an 8.0 Megapixel shooter with Optical Image Stabilization and a 3 Megapixel front facing camera. The device is likely to have the dimensions of 22.63×15.19×0.79cm which make it quite the svelte device with impressive features. Not to mention, the device seems to be carrying forward the design choices of the Nexus 10 and HTC One with stereo front facing speakers. Details put the weight of the WiFi Only model at 418g while the LTE capable model is 427g. The device is touted to use the same build as the HTC One devices with its “aluminum zero-gap construction with tapered-sides” build.
Price wise, the Nexus 9 is quite the let down when compared to the previous Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. It’s speculated that the tablet is likely going to cost USD$399 (RM 1300) for the 16GB WiFi only model and USD$499 (RM 1600) for the 32GB version. However, the expected price for the LTE capable versions are expected to hit USD$600 (RM 1900) and above which is a huge departure from the very affordable price tags of previous Nexus devices.
The device is slated to launch later today when Google reveals its latest iteration of the Android Operating system at Google I/O. So we will have to wait for confirmation of the details. Though it is speculated that this may be the first entry into the rumoured Android Silver program.
Source: Android Police