HTC tablet gets Wi-Fi certification; is this the next Nexus slate?

HTC tablet gets Wi-Fi certification; is this the next Nexus slate?
At various times this year, we told you about a tablet that is rumored to be under production by HTC. Various code names have been bandied about for this tablet, including Flounder, and Volantis. But the most important name that this slate could be called, is the Nexus 9. What is interesting, is that the tablet has received its Wi-Fi certification, and according to the certificate, the operating system on the slab will be Android L. In addition, the certificate shows that the filing was made in the "Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)" section as opposed to the "Wi-Fi Only" section. That would seem to indicate that HTC will be offering both a Wi-Fi only model, and a model with LTE connectivity.

The HTC tablet rumored to be the Nexus 9, is believed to have an 8.9 inch screen with resolution of 2048 x 1440. The pixel density at that combination works out to be 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Buyers will have the option of purchasing the model with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, with pricing at $399 and $499, respectively. This would explain the pair of SKU numbers listed on the certificate.

Other features include the BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, and the tablet is expected to have zero gap aluminum construction. While there is no date listed for the device's release, each bit of paperwork that gets done, brings us one step closer to the launch of the slate.

source: TalkAndroid via AndroidGuys



1. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Shield tab is $100 cheaper and does stream games & we can enjoy grid as well.just sayin

9. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Wouldn't have the "Nexus experience" and doesn't have the 64-bit chip version and lower display resolution. That's worth $100.

21. jpkelly05

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ya, and how often will it get updates direct from Google. Just sayin.

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

By december it will be $349 , after that , $329 .and finally .$299

27. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I'd buy it when it go down to $299.

3. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

HTC's built quality along with google optimization and fair pricing, this could be a dream tablet if priced right.

12. b1acktiger

Posts: 223; Member since: May 19, 2012

Since Nexus branding is a charity for manufacturers, I dont think it will be priced huge, thin margin is what makes OEM way from Nexus branded devices.

14. dushyant

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

Ok... i guess i already knew tht.

4. register unregistered

And I am fine with 4 ultrapixel camera in a tablet.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5750; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sounds good, except the screen better not be 4:3 16:10 is better for media/gaming, which IMO is the main use of a mini tablet, also since it has front-facing stereo speakers/K1

8. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

3:2 seems perfect IMO as it's basically the best of worlds.

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

That resolution is between 4:3 and 3:2... maybe Google is changing strategy after the two Nexus 7 didn't sell as well as expected...

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There you go, Nathan Carter, HTC might make a Nexus tablet instead of a Nexus phone. Are you happy now?

7. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Should have at least 3GB RAM. Bad tablet from HTCrap.

11. rkoforever90

Posts: 477; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

this is nexus,not samdung which it still lags even if it has 8gb ram

15. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013


10. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Yes, glad this is finally close to being released. Been waiting to get a quality tablet from the Nexus line and knew Google would get back with HTC. Fast updates, good pricing, and HTC quality, going to be the tablet been waiting for.

13. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Will have a lower ppi then the Nexus 7. Was expecting the resolution to be 2560×1600 & 3 gigs of ram. If that means it cost more I'd be willing to pay for better specs

17. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Maybe the 32 GB model might have 4GB ram keeping my hopes up ...

18. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

2048 x 1440? That would be a surprise. Less resolution than an iPad? Far less resolution than the new Samsung tablets? Maybe the K1 doesn't have the muscle for a higher resolution screen or would just heat up too much or draw too much power.

19. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It has the muscle, but Nvidia doesn't believe in going resolution crazy, I think this tablet strikes a fair balance between high reading resolution and lower good gaming frame rate resolution. 300+ppi on a tablet is simply throwing horsepower away for no good reason! Compare this tablet to one with 300+ppi tablet while playing a demanding game, from 12-18inches you won't be able to tell much apart resolution wise, but you sure will be able to tell the frame rate is better on the lower rez tablet. Less pixels to push the faster it can push then.

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

If we want the tablet to be good for games, why not simply make the resolution 2048x1536, the same as the iPad? It would make porting iPad games over to the HTC/Nexus tablet simpler and cheaper.

23. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Do we know if 1440 is before or after the Android onscreen buttons are accounted for? If it's after, the screen may well be 2048x1536.

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Good point. Hopefully this is the case and the "missing" vertical resolution is the onscreen buttons. HTC needs to keep it simple, not pick some funky uncommon screen resolution.

22. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014


25. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yeah :-( I've heard horror stories about Customer Service in India...

28. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

THAT's true dude ............poor customer service across india .If we give a phone to the service it take 2 months to return......pathetic service

26. Elfmonster unregistered

Speaking as a Google liker, this sounds too pricey for a not-awesome device. I wouldn't give up my TabPRO 8.4 or my Nexus 7 for these specs.

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