Report: HTC Volantis is a new 8.9 inch Nexus tablet
posted by Alan F. / Jun 21, 2014, 11:57 PM
Last month, an Android 4.4.3 changelist had a line that read "project device/htc/flounder/," which is pretty straight forward as these things go. There has been talk since April that HTC has been given the job of designing and producing the next Nexus tablet.
According to the leaked specs, the HTC Volantis is a slate sized at 8.9 inches, with resolution of 2048 x 1440. That works out to a pixel density of 281ppi. A 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU is under the hood, with 2GB of RAM inside. Native storage options are 16GB and 32GB. The camera on back is 8MP with OIS, while the slate features a 3MP camera up front.
The HTC made Nexus tablet will have zero gap aluminum construction and stereo front-facing speakers. Hmm. Sounds like another HTC device, doesn't it? Pricing is expected to start at $399 for the 16GB model and run to $499 for the 32GB unit. Still, the picture of the device below doesn't exactly match the rumored specs. Where are the front-facing speakers? Why does the aluminum clad tablet have a soft-touch back?
If indeed there is some truth to this, the HTC Nexus slate is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of this year.
Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 12, 2014
looks like an iPad..
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 12:08 AM 12
I think u mean it's PRICE LIKE A iPad doesn't look like one to me
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 12:26 AM 3
Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014
Yeah and it's an intention, some people can get confused and buy this one.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 1:44 AM 2
its got to be fake, 2 gb ram on new nexus tablet htc would have a 5 mp front. they should have a 8mp ois front and a 5 mp back for video chat and selfie pics stupid to have opposite and no boom sound huuuummmmmm me thinks a fake.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 6:10 PM 0
And android say 4:3 ratio is dead, putt :)
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 12:25 AM 4
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$399 for the 16 gb Seriously? Should have been a Quad HD
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 12:37 AM 3
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64bit Tegra K1 gonna smoke sd805,810 out of the water in terms of performance & GPU. However this tablet looks bigger than xiaomi mi pad which is exact size of iPad mini,so yea it is bigger than ipadmini but who cares.
posted on Jun 23, 2014, 3:51 AM 0
Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013
Suck T C failures all over the place. Weak resolution and super heavy for an 8.9 inch in this day and age. A Google play edition of the tab 8.4 pro would be much better than this and the Google play edition of the LG g pad isn't that far off from this either.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 12:55 AM 2
Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014
Hopefully Android 5.0 brings stronger multitasking and app-interop features. Other than Samsung, I don't see any innovation in Android tablets. This HTC is disappointing. At $299 this HTC tablet would be more interesting. The Samsung tablets still would have better screens, but the HTC would offer the speedy K1 and probably better audio.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 1:15 AM 2
Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014
16GB for running ART is not enough. This should be upgraded.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 1:37 AM 2
Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014
Oh look, another android tablet with crappy battery life, and under 3gb of ram
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 1:56 AM 3
Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012
3gb of ram are needed only if you have a samsung tablet or another heavily customized interface, but with stock android 2gb are more than enough. I'm still using the original nexus 7, with "only" 1gb of ram, and I have no problems with memory (though I wouldn't buy a 1gb device in 2014). As to battery life, why should it be crappy?
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 3:15 AM 8
Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014
So we got an rumored nexus tablet with iPad price ? I would put this into the android silver cetegory rather than to the nexus as nexus has been forced to be as cheap as possible by google and OEM's were just kind of angry about that... So we will get a rather big price bump. Then why this will even been made ? Premium tablets is synonymous to iPad and if this is going to launch in Q4 it will have to face the all new gigantic avalanche of two new iPad's. They will get better screens, very probably Touch ID and maybe an new thinner design, and definitely a new SoC that will wipe the floor with tegra k1 if not in performance then in efficiency which matters the most. 399+ is a dangerous location for any android tablet... But If I would be htc I would made an 8" one at 349 maybe even lower, don't see a reason to go in between two ideal sizes. And hell this could be just a fan concept anyway.
posted on Jun 22, 2014, 2:01 AM 2
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