Jun 21 AT 7:43 PM Nick Sarafolean 17 Comments

HTC ‘Volantis’ reported to be new nine-inch Nexus tablet


Since the launch and slow demise of the Nexus 10, many of us have begged for Google to release a newer, larger, Nexus tablet. Perhaps begged is a tad overstated, but it clearly shows how much we all want this. According to a new report from Android Police, however, hope could be on its way. A new leak is revealing specs and early mock-ups of a new nine-inch tablet from HTC, codenamed “Volantis”.

What all does Volantis include? Here’s a spec list for you:

  • 8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 (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 (that’s 22.63×15.19×0.79cm)
  • 418g (or 427g with LTE) (that’s 14.74/15.1 ounces)

The Volantis is quite obviously meant as a premium device, at least judging by the specs. Yet, Android Police has revealed that pricing won’t be as harsh as it could, with a rumored cost of $399 for the 16GB model and $499 for the 32GB model. It’s not cheap by any means, but it seems to be packing plenty of power to back it up. Below, you can find one of the source images that they received.

HTC Volantis

Launch details aren’t exact, but don’t expect to Volantis at Google I/O. HTC and Google are said to be aiming for a Q4 2014 release to correspond with the launch of Android L, the next Android overhaul. Makes sense considering Google usually launches a new Nexus device in the fall, and Android Silver isn’t slated to begin until early 2015.

What are your thoughts on Volantis? Would you be satisfied if HTC made the next Nexus tablet?

Source: Android Police

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Wesley

    I wish it were 10″ but if it runs great, then it sounds like a very nice tablet.

    • jim cowboy

      woooohooo!!!! US beat Portugal 2-1 and advances!!!

      edit: fvck this

      • Subx

        Who cares! Its a game for fakers!

  • mattcoz

    Not a fan of the aspect ratio.

  • Legend KLOSE +59
    Slapstick NEUER +17

  • Ed S.

    64-bit but only 2GB of RAM? It should be at least 3GB. Ugh.

    • Jillxz

      That’s just being a Nexus. They are always short on some spec that they should include. Don’t like the aspect ratio either Much prefer an aspect ratio of 4:3 . Of course others like something else.

  • Ser Davos the Onion Knight

    A Song of Ice and Fire has its hands in everywhere. From the land of dwarf elephant comes a new mobile phone. Oh well…

  • Shameful article

    The Battery capacity and ability to be removed without unscrewing the phone are 2 major characteristics of a phone.

    How can you write an article about a phone without talking about those topics ??

    • SBM_from_LA

      Perhaps because the final/actual specs are not publicly know at this time…

    • TruFactz

      *Stewie Voice* Or or or better yet, or maybe, its not a phone, but a tablet.

    • uknowme

      Uh did you read the article? Its a tablet not a phone.

  • Sikulrn

    Well its a tablet not a phone, and if the specs that have been leaked so far don’t include that then you’re asking for more random speculation to pad out the article?

    As far as specs go the storage would be a devil for me and likely lack of sd card as per their usual for nexus.

  • Lin Lin

    Pure android system without Samsung’s TouchWiz,smooth like silk…but if it brings 3GB RAM …..i will prefer it over my Note 10.1 2014!!!!!

  • charlie88

    Nexus 10 screen:10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi).
    Nexus 9 screen: 8.9″ 2048×1440 (281ppi).

    Kinda sad that the successor of a product actually drops in resolution. It’s not a big deal I guess, but it’s a bit weird.

    • SBM_from_LA

      You are assuming this is the successor of the Nexus 10 and NOT the Nexus 7.

    • Subx

      Its a smaller screen. There for lower resolution. And in all seriousness, You wont even know the difference. The human eye cant differentiate between the 2 and such high resolutions.
      Any higher is useless and will just chew more power.

      The resolution of 1920 × 1200 on Full HD tablets is stunning. We really do not need to go about this for such a small screen.

      It is a shame that they are again using a Tegra chip. I have never had any good experiences with Tegra’s. Always seem to lack performance in some departments.