With the demise of the highly successful but maybe not extremely profitable Nexus line nigh, it’s only fitting to expect HTC be asked back in the program. The fun all started with the Taiwan-based device manufacturer four years ago, so them bringing an end to Nexus as we know it would be symbolic. Almost poetic.
Hot on the heels of a bundle of (semi-) credible reports pegging HTC as the maker of the next (and last) Nexus tablet, an even more dependable story comes, this time backed by concrete proof, including imagery, and extremely detailed.
The source, aside from being one of the most reputable in the biz, is known for its reluctance to feed the rumor beast undigested cuisine, meaning Android Police probably checked, double-checked and triple-checked the facts before going public.
That said, here’s their trustworthy take on the possible specifications of the Nexus 9, co-branded by Google and HTC, and codenamed Volantis or Flounder:
- 8.9-inch display with 2,048 x 1,440 pixels resolution, 4:3 aspect ratio and 281 ppi
- 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 16/32 GB on-board storage
- 8 MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization; 3 MP front snapper
- Stereo front-facing speakers
- Aluminum build
- 8.91 x 5.98 x 0.31 inches dimensions
- 418 grams weight in Wi-Fi-only flavor, 427 grams with LTE
The highlights? Where do I even start? The 64-bit chip is mind-blowingly fast, likely more so than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805, 2 gigs of RAM is really all you could ask from a Nexus, and the screen, both in size and resolution, is flawless.
Then you have the no-border metallic design, the OIS camera and, in good HTC fashion, an outstanding sound system. Only one way this ensemble could get more perfect: affordability. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call a slate starting at 400 bucks affordable, but all things considered, it’s sensible. Too bad it’s not debuting at this week’s I/O, according to Android Police, instead rolling out “sometime in Q4”. But it’s surely worth the wait, ain’t it?
Via [Android Police]