The successor of the Nexus 7 has been rumoured for quite sometime now. Recently HTC has been tipped to be making the next device which is their first after a long hiatus in the tablet scene. The folks at Android Police claimed to have gotten some new information on the new HTC based Nexus tablet that’s called Volantis.
Having a 8.9″ display, the upcoming tablet is rumoured to be called as the Nexus 9. The display is said to be pushing a resolution of 2048×1440 pixel which isn’t the highest in today’s flagship tablets line up. The internals are quite interesting as it is listed to be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 processor with 2GB of RAM. It also gets a pair of front facing speakers and a 8MP camera that comes with optical image stabiliser (OIS). For selfie shots, the front gets a larger than usual 3MP camera.
The Volantis tablet aka the Nexus 9 is a slightly smaller device than the usual full sized tablet. The speculated dimensions indicate a 7.9mm thickness and it weighs 418 grams for WiFi and 427 grams for the LTE version. It isn’t going to win any awards for being the thinnest or the lightest and as comparison, the Nexus 7 (2013) is even lighter at 290 grams for the WiFi version. Being a HTC manufactured device, the Volantis is said to be using aluminium for its body which should provide a more upmarket feel than its current Nexus 7.
The Nexus 9 is rumoured to be priced at US$399 (about RM1,287) for the 16GB version and US$499 (RM1,609) for 32GB capacity. That’s quite a lot to ask for considering a similar spec Xiaomi Mi Pad is going to be priced below RM1000 when it gets here. Obviously the build quality would be better on the Nexus 9 if they can put it together as well as its current HTC One M8 smart phone.