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HTC Volantis might be last Nexus tablet

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Nexus 9 aka HTC Volantis

Details have emerged concerning the HTC Volantis, a 9-inch tablet that could well be the last Nexus tablet ever made.

Reports have emerged in recent months that Google is set to scrap the Nexus program in favour of multiple stock Android devices from various manufacturers, called Android Silver Phones.

But the Nexus brand could be set for one final tablet hurrah in the form of the Nexus 9 (not the Nexus 8), which may well be made by HTC.

Rumours of the so-called HTC Volantis aren't new to us, but Android Police recently published some specs for the device.

According to sources, the Volantis will feature an 8.9-inch display with a 2048 x 1440 resolution, which will be good for 281ppi.

As we've heard before, the Volantis/Nexus 9 may well be powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which will be backed by 2GB of RAM. That seems to tie in nicely with rumours that the next version of Android is set to be 64-bit.

Storage options will be 16GB or 32GB, while the Volantis will sport an 8-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilisation. There'll also be a pair of front-facing stereo speakers.

It's the apparent design of the HTC Volantis that sees things muddied somewhat. According to the report it will be 7.9mm thin and will weigh just 418g, with an "aluminium zero-gap construction."

However, the provided picture (see above), which the report insists is a genuine render, seems to show an all-plastic device very reminiscent of the Nexus 5. Add in the fact that the Nexus 5 was designed and made by LG, not HTC, and an element of doubt creeps in.

Of course, the report notes that "the images we have don't appear to be final renderings of the device."

If this report proves to be true, the HTC-built Nexus 9 could hit in Q4 alongside the next version of Android. It could cost $399 (£234) for the 16GB model and $499 (£293) for the 32GB model.

Read More: Google Nexus 10 review

Via: The Verge

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