When HTC announced it’d be holding an early October media event, last week, the firm didn’t give much away about its purpose.
The tag-line ‘Double Exposure’ led intrigued parties to speculate over another Duo Camera smartphone or perhaps new lens accessories or software tools, but there was no dead giveaway.
However, reports on Monday claimed the event will actually see the launch of the long-rumoured HTC Nexus 9 tablet, previously known by its Volantis codename.
The tablet, which is expected to pack the brand new Nvidia Tegra K1 desktop class processor, is scheduled to be the latest Google-branded Nexus tablet running the purest version of Android. That means without the HTC Sense UI.
Today’s report comes from Portuguese site 4GNews, citing a leak from the HTC manufacturing plant in Brazil.
As we mentioned when HTC announced the October 8 Double Exposure event, it would certainly be a surprise to see a Nexus device unveiled.
In previous years, Google has handled these matters at its own events, so allowing HTC to take the wrappers off a Nexus-branded device would represent a change of tact from the folks at Mountain View - especially if that device is the first to run the Android L OS.
We would still be somewhat taken aback if the HTC Nexus 9 did appear at the company's event next month, but as long as the purpose for the event remains unknown, the rumours are sure to intensify.
As well as the Tegra K1 chip, previous reports have pegged the Nexus 9 as harnessing an 8.9-inch 1080p display, 3G of RAM and 16GB of storage.
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