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HTC ‘Volantis’ reported to be new nine-inch Nexus tablet

Posted In NEWS - By DailyNews on Monday, June 23rd, 2014 With No Comments »

Since the launch and slow demise of the Nexus 10, many of us have begged for Google to release a newer, larger, Nexus tablet. Perhaps begged is a tad overstated, but it clearly shows how much we all want this. According to a new report from Android Police, however, hope could be on its way. A new leak is revealing specs and early mock-ups of a new nine-inch tablet from HTC, codenamed “Volantis”.

What all does Volantis include? Here’s a spec list for you:

  • 8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 (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 22.63×15.19×0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that’s 14.74/15.1 ounces)

The Volantis is quite obviously meant as a premium device, at least judging by the specs. Yet, Android Police has revealed that pricing won’t be as harsh as it could, with a rumored cost of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. It’s not cheap by any means, but it seems to be packing plenty of power to back it up. Below, you can find one of the source images that they received.

HTC Volantis

Launch details aren’t exact, but don’t expect to Volantis at Google I/O. HTC and Google are said to be aiming for a Q4 2014 release to correspond with the launch of Android L, the next Android overhaul. Makes sense considering Google usually launches a new Nexus device in the fall, and Android Silver isn’t slated to begin until early 2015.

What are your thoughts on Volantis? Would you be satisfied if HTC made the next Nexus tablet?

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