HTC has been rumored to partner with Google for a Nexus tablet with either an 8-inch or 8.9-inch display. It seems to be true because many details about the tablet have been leaked. The new device is likely to launch as Nexus 9 with codename Volantis (or Flounder). It will have a 8.9-inch multi-touch display.
The display resolution is quite high, 2048×1440 pixels. That results a pixel density of 281.3 pixels per inch. But, the aspect ratio is very strange for an Android tablet. While most Android tablets including Nexus tablets have a 16:9 display, Nexus 9 comes with 4:3 aspect ratio like the iPads. This is an odd thing, but it could be true.
Nexus 9 is reported to come with 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 as the processor, 2GB of RAM, and internal storage of 16 GB or 32 GB. The rear camera is 8 megapixels, supporting optical image stabilization. The other camera will be a 3 MP shooter located on the front.
Stereo speakers on the tablet will face to the front. Created with zero-gap aluminum construction, Nexus 9 has dimensions of 226.3 x 151.9 x 7.9 mm. It weighs 418 grams for Wi-Fi-only versions and 427 grams for 4G LTE versions.
For pricing, it’s started at $399 for Wi-Fi only 16 GB. You will have to spend $100 more if choose the Wi-Fi only with 32 GB storage. Nexus 9 with 4G LTE is estimated to sold at a price above $600, placed to compete with Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina Display.
It’s likely that the device will be released at the time whem Google announces the new version of its Android operating system, Android Lollipop or whatever it will be called. It’s expected to occur sometime during the last quarter of this year, not at the upcoming Google I/O event.