The future of Google’s affordable range of Nexus devices has been up in the air since word came out that the company would abandon the Nexus brand in favour of Android Silver, a programme that’ll bring a more uniform version of Android to more higher-end devices from the likes of LG, Motorola, and Samsung, some time next year. Until then the latest rumour suggest the next, and possibly last, Nexus device could be a new 8.9-inch tablet developed by HTC.
The report comes from Android Police who this weekend revealed details on a rumoured 8.9-inch aluminium Nexus device manufactured by HTC. The device, codenamed Volantis, is rumoured to be the newest tablet in the Nexus rage. Supposedly called the Nexus 9, the HTC tablet is said to have a 2,048 x 1,440, 8.9-inch display, Nvidia’s Tegra K1 with 2GB of RAM, and HTC’s trademark stereo front-facing speakers.
The information Android Police received included a press render which looks a lot like a stretched-out Nexus 5 and doesn’t actually match-up with the specs listed along side it. For example, the front facing speakers are nowhere to be seen and doesn’t look as if it has an Aluminium, zero-gap construction, as per the specs. Instead the image suggests a tablet version of the Nexus 6, complete with the white soft-touch back plate.
Android Police are confident in the validity of the specifications listed, but believe the image is a draft of the tablets industrial design. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumours of HTC making the next Nexus tablet, and with Google I/O beginning this Wednesday we won’t have too long to wait until we hear whether Google do have an HTC made tablet up their sleeves.