[Rumor] HTC Volantis Tablet aka Nexus 9; Tegra K1 Chip, 8.9-Inch Display & Coming Q4

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It looks like we have some solid new intel on Google's Nexus 9 tablet. According to a report from AndroidPolice, the previous rumors of an HTC made Nexus tablet are true. Their intel again reveals a tablet called the HTC Volantis (or internally called Flounder). Not only do we have a spec list for the upcoming device, but we also have a couple of marketing images and a Q4 release timeframe.

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Check out the pics above, and chew on the details below,

  • 8.9" Display at 2048x1440 (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 22.63x15.19x0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that's 14.74/15.1 ounces)
There are a few things to note in the pics. First, aesthetically, this device is reminiscent of the Nexus 5 and perhaps the iPad mini. Next, we aren't seeing front-facing stereo speakers, which could be a disappointment to some, since that is easily one of the best things about HTC's newer designs. It's also worth noting that it appears to have that same soft rubberized backing we are used to seeing on the Nexus line, so Google obviously hasn't strayed far from their previous designs. Of course, if it isn't broke...

Finally, this intel even comes with potential pricing details. Supposedly, the Volantis/Nexus 9 will start at $399 for the 16GB version, and $499 for the 32GB version, with LTE connectivity possibly in the $600+ range. This is obviously quite a bit more than Google's usual pricing on the Nexus 7 line. Of course, this is a larger and higher end tablet as well. Regardless, take the pricing details (and everything else) with a grain of salt. As always, details could easily change by the time it hits at the end of this year.

If everything outlined here turns out to be accurate, what do you guys think of this one?

Source: AndroidPolice
 
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Why would you not update the storage size to minimum 64 gb / 128 gb. Just updating processing speed and display doesn't seem to be a big enough upgrade to change tablets. This is the problem I find with phones and tablets. If you are not going to allow memory cards then at minimum install the most storage as available. Now with Google and their plan to eliminate ability to really use your sd cards seriously starting with KITKAT more memory is really vital if you are going to put all the apps, docs, music, videos, games, etc. that they want you to purchase and use. FAILED>
 
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