• HTCís 8.9-inch Nexus Tablet Leaked



    Android Police ran a story over the weekend about a forthcoming Nexus tablet from HTC, the 8.9-inch Volantis. The size is significant, right in between the 7.9-inch iPad mini and 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Air. Add HTC's trademark metal casing and you've got a pretty clear idea of who Google will be gunning for with this new product.

    The Specs

    • 8.9" Display at 2048x1440 pixels (281ppi)
    • NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
    • 2GB RAM
    • 16/32GB internal storage
    • 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
    • Aluminum zero-gap construction
    • Stereo front-facing speakers
    • 8.91"x5.98"x0.31" body (22.63x15.19x0.79cm)
    • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (14.74/15.1 ounces)

    Pricing

    • $399 for 16GB
    • $499 for 32GB
    • $600+ for LTE (?!!)

    Availability


    Sources

    The Volantis seems to be the same Nexus device codenamed "Flounder", as discovered by XDA last month. As for where Android Police got their info, here's what they're saying:

    This information won't be treated as a rumor, since we feel confident in our information, and we've heard about Volantis from multiple sources as early as Q1 2014. This is one of the rare instances where we will be sharing a source image.
    iPad Killer?

    If you listen to Mobile Syrup the Android tablet is apparently dead. I've a bit of a hard time believing thatóI use my Nexus 7 all the time, and somebody I know told me just last night about the Android tablet she bought for her toddler.

    If this leak pans out the Volantis will be quite different from the cheap and cheerful Nexus devices of the past two years. Are we interested in a premium Nexus tablet from HTC?

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: HTCís 8.9-inch Nexus Tablet Leaked started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. seekr's Avatar
      seekr -
      I hope this helps HTC, instead of further hurting themselves by releasing great products, only to have Samsung for some reason get all the sales.

      Also read the article you're linking to from Mobile Syrup, there was a bit more words after the headline... they make good points, and it's main one is that most Android users prefer their tablet-sized phones.

      As quoted from the article:
      The market for Android tablets is dying, murdered by its kin, the Android smartphone...

      ...Much of the Android tabletís death can be levied on Samsung itself; it was the first company to release a so-called phablet, the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, in late 2011, and has since swelled the selection of smartphones up to a tablet-encroaching 7-inches....

      At the same time, the app ecosystem for Android tablets has not grown nearly as quickly as its iPad equivalent, and one canít take for granted that developers, even big companies like Facebook or Dropbox, have the resources to create tablet-specific versions, even as Googleís improved tools make it easier for them to do so....

      ....using an Android tablet is, objectively, not a great experience...

      Itís unlikely that companies like Samsung, Sony, LG, Asus and others will cease designing Android tablets, mainly because theyíre increasingly commoditized and are used to expand their respective companyís mobile pursuits, but itís increasingly difficult to recommend Android...
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      ....using an Android tablet is, objectively, not a great experience...
      Couldn't disagree more. I think my Nexus 7 is a great little ebook reader and gaming machine. And because it's a Nexus I can control my data and block any invasive app permission I desire.
    1. avcipsids's Avatar
      avcipsids -
      android tablets are not very sophisticated compare to apple ones
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Hey, who am I to stop you from passing off your opinions as fact?