HTC’s 8.9-inch Nexus Tablet Leaked

HTC Volantis

Android Police ran a story over the weekend about a forthcoming Nexus tablet from HTC, the 8.9-inch Volantis. The size is significant, right in between the 7.9-inch iPad mini and 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Air. Add HTC’s trademark metal casing and you’ve got a pretty clear idea of who Google will be gunning for with this new product.

The Specs

  • 8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 pixels (281ppi)
  • NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
  • Aluminum zero-gap construction
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • 8.91″x5.98″x0.31″ body (22.63×15.19×0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (14.74/15.1 ounces)

Pricing

  • $399 for 16GB
  • $499 for 32GB
  • $600+ for LTE (?!!)

Availability

Sources

The Volantis seems to be the same Nexus device codenamed “Flounder”, as discovered by XDA last month. As for where Android Police got their info, here’s what they’re saying:

This information won’t be treated as a rumor, since we feel confident in our information, and we’ve heard about Volantis from multiple sources as early as Q1 2014. This is one of the rare instances where we will be sharing a source image.

iPad Killer?

If you listen to Mobile Syrup the Android tablet is apparently dead. I’ve a bit of a hard time believing that—I use my Nexus 7 all the time, and somebody I know told me just last night about the Android tablet she bought for her toddler.

If this leak pans out the Volantis will be quite different from the cheap and cheerful Nexus devices of the past two years. Are we interested in a premium Nexus tablet from HTC?