With the Google I/O conference right around the corner, the rumors of a new Android-based smartphone and tablet have reached a new high. While there have been rumors that Google might discontinue or rebrand the Nexus program to Android Silver, a new report by Android Police suggests that a new Nexus tablet is on the way.

Unlike the last two times where Asus made the Nexus 7 tablets, it seems that this time Google has partnered with HTC for the same. However, it won’t be a 7-inch device, the report suggests. The 8.9-inch tablet, that was previously rumored to be codenamed Flounder, will apparently be called Volantis, and will have some significant hardware changes. As far as appearance goes, the device looks pretty much like what you will get when you hybrid Nexus 7 2013 model with an LG Nexus 5.


The HTC-made Volantis will be Google’s first Nexus device to sport a 64-bit processor. The 8.9-inch display with have a 2040×1440 screen resolution of 281 ppi. The report also suggests that it will have no-gap between the aluminium case — much like HTC One M8. The processor, NVIDIA Logan 64-bit Tegra K1 is also rumored to be powering Acer’s new Chromebook. And unlike Surface Pro 3 which bets on a 3:2 screen ratio, the new Nexus tablet will have a 4:3 ratio.

As always the device will come in two variants — 16/32 GB and will sport a 2GB RAM. With an 8MP camera with OIS at the back, and a 3MP shooter upfront, the tablet is tipped to have front-facing stereo speakers (possibly Boom Sound). The device will weigh 418g, and will be available with WiFi or WiFi and LTE connectivity.


The size of the device is very interesting. On one hand, the company has found middle ground between Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, on another, the device now lines up with iPad Mini, as well as a full sized iPad (Air) like never before. The 16GB WiFi model might cost $399 whereas the 32GB LTE model might land north of $600.

Multiple sources have tipped the Android Police about the Nexus’ tablet, which makes the information somewhat more legitimate. Google will hold its yearly developer conference I/O event next week. But will we see the device there? Not sure.

Much like Apple’s WWDC event, Google’s I/O is a developer centric conference. We will hear a lot about the new software and SDKs, but new hardware isn’t very likely. That might happen later in the fall. If you remember, last year, Google didn’t reveal any new Nexus device in its I/O event, it just announced the Google Play Edition of last year’s flagship devices Galaxy S4 and HTC One. It’s been a long while since Google released a new tablet, though.

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Manish is an Engineering graduate in Computer Science but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.


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