Codenamed Volantis, the Nexus 9 could be the last Nexus device to hit markets before Google’s rumored Android Silver program takes over.
Rumors about HTC developing the next Nexus tablet for Google have been floating around since February, and new information suggests that the device could be inching closer to reality.
According to details obtained by the folks over at Android Police, the tablet is called the Nexus 9 (though this could change later on) and will sport an 8.9-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2048×1440. It will be powered by a dual-core 64-bit Tegra Login chip from Nvidia – it has been rumored that the next Nexus tablet would feature a 64-bit Intel processor, but it looks like Google might have opted for Nvidia a second time around, after using the company’s chip in the original Nexus 7.
Other specs of the Nexus 9 are expected to include 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, and 16/32GB of internal storage. Since the tablet is being made by HTC, it unsurprisingly sports an aluminium zero-gap construction and front-facing stereo speakers, though none of it is evident from the leaked internal image posted by Android Police, possibly because the render isn’t final and the hardware could considerably change by the time the Nexus 9 makes an official debut.
In terms of pricing, the Nexus 9 is said to start at $399 for the 16GB variant, with another $100 added to the price for the 32GB model. It’s unclear when the tablet will be officially announced – it will likely be the last Nexus device Google releases before the rumored Android Silver program takes over, though it probably won’t make a public appearance before the end of this year.
Source: Android Police