Report: HTC Volantis is a new 8.9 inch Nexus tablet

Report: HTC Volantis is a new 8.9 inch Nexus tablet
Amid all of the rumors involving an HTC produced 8 inch Nexus 8 tablet, it looks like the speculation was off by a tad. The latest rumor says that HTC is working on an 8.9 inch Nexus tablet codenamed the Flounder or Volantis. Back in March, we passed along some speculation that Google was planning on building an 8.9 inch Nexus tablet for 2014. Also, a Chrome bug report last month, had a reference to an HTC built device called Flounder. Considering that the Nexus 7 was called Flo, it all adds up.

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.

source: AndroidPolice



1. SilverCenturion

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

looks like an iPad..

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

iPad Mini and Nexus 5. 50/50.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I think u mean it's PRICE LIKE A iPad doesn't look like one to me

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

It looks like a combination. iPad Mini(-ish) size and very similiar looking screen ratio and body-screen ratio. Otherwise, Nexus 5.

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

sure it is its white and rectangular means apple right lol hahahahaha

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO it looks nothing like an iPad except the 4:3 screen ratio and high price It looks like a Nexus 5 but with a 4:3 9" screen

17. Iodine

Posts: 1504; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah and it's an intention, some people can get confused and buy this one.

29. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012 one will get confused... When someone buys apple device...first thing they check out is bitten apple in back of device....

35. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

To let you know people do get confused. They call Android tablets IPads because they don't know the difference.

44. engineer-1701d unregistered

if they get confused then all the better that will stop people getting a ipad thinking that ipad's are the only tablets like stupid people think

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

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.

2. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

I hope this isn't it. Can I get a Nexus version of the Galaxy Tab S 8.4?

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Looks like a 8.9" white Nexus 5.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Don't charge an extra $100 for 16GB of extra storage, that's Apple's job! Anyway, the screen resolution on this is a little disappointing, as I would have hoped for at least QHD...

6. FingerMyApple unregistered

And android say 4:3 ratio is dead, putt :)

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5755; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Should have been 16:9 or 16:10, or at least 3:2 IMO 4:3 is good for media consumption, too big black bars, which is the main use of a

11. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

$399 for the 16 gb Seriously? Should have been a Quad HD

13. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Yeah that should've been $299 for the 16 gig variant

45. engineer-1701d unregistered

for that price no one will buy it they will get the 8 tab pro from samsung with little to no bezel highest screen res.for same price

48. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

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.

12. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Tegra K1 Denver Hell Yeah! But seriously the price is a bit on the higher side considering the capacity options. Hope they have a MicroSD slot this time....

14. Taters

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.

15. 0xFFFF

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.

16. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

16GB for running ART is not enough. This should be upgraded.

20. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Ah, hadn't thought of that. Though apparently neither have google nor HTC. Good thing the Tab S 8.4 has a memory card slot, I'm planning on grabbing that one.

18. TheFirm

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

Oh look, another android tablet with crappy battery life, and under 3gb of ram

22. boosook

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?

46. engineer-1701d unregistered

and my gs3 from 2 years ago is 2gb ram needs more to keep fluid.

40. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

my htc m8 my gets 3 to 5 days of battery life and I have the pictures to prove it. Sorry but the lies of current HTC devices having crap battery life has been proven wrong. You sir are full of it!

19. Iodine

Posts: 1504; 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.

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