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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Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

12. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

15. AlikMalix unregistered

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)...

20. AlikMalix unregistered

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

30. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 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.......

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

less finger print magnet. love the matte finish than gloss

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

6. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

9. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

19. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

24. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

26. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

mi pad comes to mind . it is 4:3

13. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Google says 4:3 is the best format for tablets. Don't question your god: The bringer of answers for dumb people.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

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

3. bored_guy147

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 11, 2014

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

8. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

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

14. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Jealousy is a funny thing.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

4. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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...

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

*HTC knows

5. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

10. S.M.Talha

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 27, 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.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

18. AlikMalix unregistered

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...

22. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

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

21. scarface21173

Posts: 701; Member since: Aug 17, 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.

23. hkxm8

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

PA must be the site of metal-lover.

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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

27. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

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