Before the Google Nexus range bids us adieu and paves the way for a new wave of “Android Silver” hardware and software standards, Google might unveil one last Nexus to satisfy its loyal fans.
And word’s out on the street that the next, and perhaps last of such a tablet, will be made by Taiwanese manufacturer HTC.
Android Police recently published some details of the alleged Nexus 9 device, which it claims will be named Volantis (or Flounder), and by the looks of the leaked information, this unit is out to impress.
It will apparently have a 2048 x 1440, 8.9in display, housed within a 0.31in thick aluminium body that weighs 418g. Feature-wise, it might contain 2GB of RAM, stereo front-facing speakers, and be powered by Nvidia's desktop class Tegra K1 processor. In comparison, the Nexus 7 is 0.34in thick and weighs 290g.
If looks mattered..
If we go with the source image as gospel truth, the Nexus 9 will look like a mish-mash between the iPad Mini, the Asus Nexus 7 and the LG Nexus 5; although, on closer inspection, some of the features mentioned don’t resonate on the image – the stereo front-facing speakers for example.
The source also insinuates that the tablet will be priced at US$399 (S$498) for the 16GB version and US$499 (S$623) for the upgraded 32GB version. Rumours also hint at a more costly LTE version, expected to be in the US$600 (S$750)’s range.
If you’re expecting to see the unit at Google’s upcoming I/O, we’re sorry to dash your hopes. According to Android Police, it will only be made available alongside Google's next mobile OS version in Q4.
But we never know, Google might just surprise us and pull one out of the bag.
[Source and image: Android Police]