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Leaked image shows HTC Nexus 9 with matte plastic back, no metal in sight

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Leaked image shows HTC Nexus 9 with matte plastic back, no metal in sight

Google is rumored to be making a new large-sized Nexus tablet, and it’s said to have recruited HTC for the task of creating a Nexus 9. Now, the first image allegedly showing the back of the upcoming device has surfaced, and it reveals a device with a matte plastic back and no trace of the earlier rumored metal build. The image comes courtesy of Upleaks, and we can't vouch for its authenticity, so do take it with a grain of salt.

In fact, this leaked image shows a Nexus 9 very reminiscent of the current Nexus 5 in terms of design, down to the large camera eye and edged vertical Nexus logo on the back.

You can’t tell much more by this image, but with the Nexus 9 already having cleared FCC certification, we’re definitely expecting to see more of Google’s next tablet soon.

To freshen up your mind, the HTC Nexus 9 aka Volantis is expected to arrive with a sharp, 9-inch display with a QHD resolution (2560x1600). The most prominent feature of the Nexus 9, however, might be its Android L software guts combined with the power of Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip with Kepler graphics with 192 shader cores, one of the most powerful SoCs on the market when it comes to gaming.

If you’re interested in learning all the tiny details about the HTC Nexus 9, feel free to also take a look at our Nexus 9 rumor round-up here.

source: @upleaks

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posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:46 22

1. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Some people prefer plastic - it has proven to be sturdy with the bending Note3 videos. Nothing wrong with that... It's really not necessary to use metals just because Apple does...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:05 1

12. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Heat dissipation is a chief factor in performance. Plastic devices are poor conductors of heat. This leads to faster processor throttling, slower performance, and faster battery depletion.

Cheap electronics are made from plastic because it is both cheap, and easy to mass produce tons of components in advance. Not because its good for you and me.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:18

15. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Well, yes. But plastic vs aluminum rigidity seems to be on par, I wonder if Samsung note would bend (or crack) under same pressure it was that think. (but no one asked Apple to go so thin)...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:25

20. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


.. under same pressure IF it was that THICK...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 18:54

30. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


I am so sorry you think that way. lol. so just because its plastic means it doesnt have great battery life? ok I deffinitley beleive you.......

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 21:32 1

32. Scott93274 (Posts: 4116; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I would like to point out that the iPhones have typically had the poorest battery life in the industry.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 20:47 1

31. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


less finger print magnet. love the matte finish than gloss

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:47 1

2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


hmmm.....4:3 ratio screen.... looks likr like ipad mini.....(sorry if i offend some die hard android fan or apple hater)

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:56 8

6. Hatshipuh (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Hmm..4:3 ratio screen, iPad looks like an old PC monitor (sorry if I offend some die hard apple fan or Android hater)
According to this logic, even the iPhone 5 would have copied its 16:9 screen from Android devices... Please don't proof that Apple fans can't use sound logic.
I'm sure the front doesn't waste space for physical buttons.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 05:11 5

9. Iodine (Posts: 1304; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Who cares if 4:3 is "old" ? People like it ! Even google decided to use it instead of their elongated ratio. And now there is the problem of how to update all of their elongated apps to an user friendly aspect ratio.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:25 2

19. Hatshipuh (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Looks like sarcasm isn't for everybody.

Apart from that, this won't be the first 4:3 Android, apps don't need an update unlike the dilemma iOS had when their phone went 16:9.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 10:38 1

24. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I am pretty sure the auto scaling in Android takes the aspect ratio into account....

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 10:56

26. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


mi pad comes to mind . it is 4:3

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:11

13. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Google says 4:3 is the best format for tablets.

Don't question your god: The bringer of answers for dumb people.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:20 1

16. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Strudelz, come on, I expect this religion bashing from Apple Haters, dont embarrass apple users...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:51 5

3. bored_guy147 (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Jun 2014)


Face it, most of the people who use this website think Apple suck

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 05:09

8. Iodine (Posts: 1304; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeah, that's why the galaxy S almost defeated the iPhone 6 in design department.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:12

14. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Jealousy is a funny thing.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:22 2

17. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


You cant call someone jealous when someone spends the same $200 (or $700) that it costs to buy an iPhone but instead buys something they find to suit them better...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:51 4

4. amats69 (Posts: 1376; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


HTC is knows how to deal wth plastic ont hier products so its ok with me..i just wish they put htcs boomsound in this tablet...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 05:04

7. amats69 (Posts: 1376; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


*HTC knows

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 04:55

5. Genersis (Posts: 217; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I guess they just couldn't keep the price down.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:01

10. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


It would be good to see official price cut down of nexus 7 to $180 and htc nexus 9 to be priced at $300.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:01 2

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


It is time to get over your fatuation with metal builds.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 06:24 1

18. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Metal builds (whether they bend or not, lol) are actually nicer to handle - any object feels more solid in metal/aluminum/etc than plastic - that's where the "fatuation" comes from... You cannot dictate preference...

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 08:14 5

22. Phooey506 (Posts: 85; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)


My 2013 moto X is much much nicer to handle and much more solid than my old M7 or iP5.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 07:29 1

21. scarface21173 (Posts: 129; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


If htc do there own thing with this tablet ie volantis they could make it with a alloy casing and there software etc. We will see soon.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 10:03

23. hkxm8 (Posts: 64; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


PA must be the site of metal-lover.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 10:41

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Hmmm HTC had to make the tiny HTC logo white unlike the barely visible black Asus logo.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 12:26

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


my checking account currently awaits that Nexus 9 transaction Google. don't keep it waiting too much longer.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 14:55

28. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


So it took me one try to get a perfect Nexus 10. Two tries(one return) to get a perfect Nexus 5. Never got a perfect Nexus 7 2012. 3 or 4 tries to get a perfect Nexus 7 2013' and one try to get a perfect Nexus 4.

I shudder to think how long this is going to take with HTC at the helm. I am guessing never or 5-6 RMA's like the other Taiwanese manufacturer. HTC, Acer, and Asus. Seriously, why do their quality control suck so badly.

Google should have just went with LG or Samsung again.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 16:59

29. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)


The only question is if Google will skimp on the battery like they did the Nexus 5. Looks like we'll know pretty soon.

posted on 06 Oct 2014, 23:30 1

33. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


GOOGLE + HTC = NEXUS ONE
NEXUS ONE - GOOGLE = HTC DESIRE
(64 BIT)HTC DESIRE + GOOGLE = ...........................
IT'S A GREAT DAY TO LOVE HTC

DESIRE IS NEXUS

posted on 07 Oct 2014, 01:47

34. AlikMalix (Posts: 5069; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Wow, thanks for breaking that down... (love the suspense you created with ....... before announcing the punchline...)

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