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HTC Nexus 9 Tablet May Have Leaked, It Sounds Amazing

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Back in May, Google code revealed a possible HTC Nexus device in works, one that most figured would be a tablet since it ran NVIDIA’s Tegra K1. We weren’t sure if the device would be called Nexus 9 or Nexus 8, but did know at the time that it would carry two code names of “flounder” and “volantis” that everyone should be on the lookout for. Thanks to a new report that surfaced over the weekend, we may have a better grasp on the name, a full set of specs, and price points depending on the amount of storage. 

So what do we know now? Well, the image above is nothing more than a mock-up based off of a render that may or may not be the actual device, since the description doesn’t match-up to the device pictured. Because according to this report, the device has an 8.9-inch (2048×1440, 281ppi) display, NVDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage options, WiFi or LTE models, 8MP OIS camera on the back, 3MP camera on the front, front-facing speakers, and an aluminum zero-gap body.

See, it’s that “aluminum zero-gap” reference that would lead us to believe that the image isn’t fully resembling an HTC Nexus. The device pictured looks like a Nexus 5 mixed with a Nexus 7, which means no metal or front facing speakers. Then again, an HTC-made Nexus device could carry similar styling to the current Nexus line, so we’ll try to keep an open mind with the potential appearance of the Nexus 9. Speaking of Nexus 9, that is the name currently being used internally.

We are also hearing of a starting price point of $399 for 16GB of storage and WiFi-only connectivity, followed by $499 for the 32GB model. LTE models could run north of $600.

This most recent report suggest that this device isn’t arriving until Q4 with the release of the “L” version of Android, so it doesn’t sound like Google I/O will be the place for your next Nexus. That matches up to a report we heard back in March.

Here are those specs one last time:

  • 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)

Is this your dream device? HTC back in the Nexus game make you smile? General thoughts?

Via:  Android Police
  • Bharat Bang

    Where would i keep it, pocket or bag 😛

  • zurginator

    What do we want? EVERYTHING! When do we want it? NOW! What do we want to pay for it? WHATEVER IFIXIT SAYS THE PARTS COST!

  • Brandon Rosonina

    Are there 2 tablets in the works, Flounder and Volantis?

  • sski66

    To me a Nexus device is more then just Google Android, it also has to do with the price, & @ these prices it’s not a Nexus to me. It’s a damn shame too, I’ve owned both N7’s & definitely would love to buy this one too but I’m looking @ $600 bucks here for the one I want, am I the only one thinking that’s way over the line?

  • Eric Blackman

    I bought the Tab Pro 8.4 at Best Buy Sunday for $279. Outstanding tablet, if you don’t count TouchWiz. Crazy good screen, light, and goldilocks size. The Nexus 10 is still among the best at resolution, but gets a little laggy and is a little heavy. The Nexus 7 doesn’t feel big enough to me anymore.

  • Please be 4:3 aspect ratio. A 4:3 Android tablet would be awesome. Perfect aspect for content consumption

    • True Radiant Free

      With the majority of movies, TV shows, music videos, and real games in a 16:9 ratio, I will never understand how people say this.

      • Trysta

        Easy. People that want to browse the web and read books and don’t care about a little bit of black bar when occasionally watching movies/TV. Not everyone uses their tablet as a mini TV screen. Many use it as a mini computer.

        • True Radiant Free

          I understand. I personally like browsing the web and reading books on a wide screen device, and immersive mode with KitKat made that even better. Watching videos is a key point for me though, and with content even being at 2.40:1 “movie theater” widescreen, the black bar issue is even worse. I just don’t think Google should do this. Also content consumption to me sounds like media content like videos more so than books or browsing, but that’s my interpretation.

      • Web pages

  • Those measurements and that aspect ratio of the resolution just don’t add up. I’m calling shenanigans on this leak.

    • True Radiant Free

      Yeah

      • The resolution is actually somewhere between 4:3 and 16:9.

        • True Radiant Free

          Yeah I know I just didn’t think Google would release a tablet with anything less than a 16:10 ratio.

  • Corey Foltman

    ooo front facing speakers… that sounds nice.

  • pratyush97

    2GB RAM and 64 Bit CPU..
    Well.. Imo it’s done to keep the price down 😛

  • Peemee

    So tired of the word “Amazing” being thrown around.

    • True Radiant Free

      The amazing and revolutionarily priced iPad mini *cue Phil Schiller’s voice* with Retina Display.

  • Twilightlicous

    For that price, I won’t be getting one. That’s nexus 10 money, not nexus 7.

  • Jason B

    4:3 is pretty dumb (if true) considering any movies/shows you’ll be watching on the device will be 16:9. Are we going back in time?

  • MH

    Tegra processor = fail
    HTC = meh

    I hope none of the HTC gimmickery makes it onto the device, and they spec a snapdragon 810.

    • hkklife

      To date and to the best of my knowledge, there’s not a single tablet on the market with an 801 other than the Sony Xperia Z2 that is basically not even available in the USA. What’s the deal with phones like the G3 having more RAM, more pixels, more storage options and better SoCs than the latest tablets? Tablets should be able to be conceived, designed, built and brought to market much faster due to no carrier meddling or approvals.

      • MH

        The 810, not the 801. Huge difference.

        The Note 3 is 90% of the G3…and it’s almost a year old. The note 4 will be a true monster, esp if it has the 805 or 810

        • True Radiant Free

          Or the 808.

  • Alex

    If this is the actual price I’m out, I have bought every tablet Google has brought out because they work well and they are cheap. For the this price and storage point I might as well just wait and save up for the next Nexus 10.

  • luis

    If this had a wacom stylus. Then dream tablet. But as of now. Just another nice tablet.

    • primarchlion

      I hope since it has a Tegra onboard it has ‘DirectStylus’ support similar to a Tegra Note tablet. Its not a proper replacement for Wacom, but it makes it a little more than just another nice tablet =)

      • InclusiontoInnovation

        I agree … I have the Tegra Note tablet and like it a lot … I fitted it with a modified Zagg Auto-Fit so that the stylus pulls out with having to remove the tablet, thus I also have access to a keyboard. Really enjoying it.

  • Dave

    2GB RAM and 281 PPI? Not trying to be a spec whore, but a 2014 flagship device….no thanks if these are real.

  • Alberto Nava

    Seriously, why don’t tablets have amazing cameras by now?

  • Richard Jackson

    I hope we got a new Nexus 10 out of this.

  • Bob G

    NOPE.

    Do not want!

    The LG G3 has better resolution than this!
    Price is too damn high!

  • Char7Simons

    The picture is fake because the wallpaper is a wallpaper of the nexus 5 on android 4.4. Also, the front facing camera is in the middle which is not on any other nexus device.

  • XvierX

    I’m waiting to see what new chrome books are available after I/O. Once you get up to a 10 inch screen size I think I’d prefer having a keyboard.

  • @kellen which parts sound amazing to you?

  • I’ve been holding off buying a replacement for my 2012 Nexus 7 for this years Nexus tablet model and these specs and rumors are not making me happy. 7 inch or 8 is sweet spot for tablet size. 4:3 ratio is not the best option for every one. I prefer a second option sticking with 16:9. Key word there is option. And the price is not typical nexus pricing.

  • mcdonsco

    FAIL FAIL FAIL.

    While I’m Android first almost always, I do not ignore the fact that Apple does make good tech as well and if I’m going to spend $399 on a tablet, I’m not going to buy an Android 8.9″, I’ll buy an iPad mini.

    …I think most consumers would do the same as well.

    Google got us used to quality hardware at low prices; they can’t just change that overnight.

  • beng8686

    I would love to see a Samsung 12.1 nexus tab.

  • Wall Breaker

    People are complaining on Google + that it doesn’t look different the the nexus 5 or 7.

    I don’t understand why you would not want your phone and tablet with the same name to have a unified design.?

  • Rodeojones000

    As others have already stated, 281 PPI seems low for a supposed high-end Android tablet. The other specs also don’t scream “buy me.” Honestly, I’d rather keep my still perfectly functioning Nexus 10 and save the money for something else (maybe Moto 360).

  • hkklife

    Assuming all of the above is correct, I am going to call it DOA unless they respond with a quick $100 price cut across the board. This thing makes the latest Samsung tablets look like a smash success in comparison. At least Samsung’s releases enjoy strong retail presence/visibility and marketing.

    The N10 in 2012 had a larger, higher resolution screen, same amount of RAM and same storage capacities at the same price points.
    There is simply NO reason for this thing to cost as much as it does. And what is it missing that the spec sheet does’t reveal? I bet it’ll lack the wireless charging that the N5 and 7 currently have. No MicroUSB 3.0 either. The new Samsung Tab S or Tab Pro line would have made a much stronger basis for a new Nexus tablet IMO. Or, better yet, an LG G-Pad 8.3 refresh.

    It should be $299 for 16GB and $349 for 32GB…..or $349 for 32GB and 64GB for $399 TOPS. This could have been Google’s chance to fire a shot across Apple’s bow. But with the combination of Apple’s larger screen iPhones, fall iPad refresh will combine with cancelation of the Nexus 6, this overpriced atrocity and the Android Silver program not starting until next year to make it another banner year for Apple. Sad that the Nexus line is going out with a whimper like this.

    We all need to bend over and prepare for Android Silver next year and kiss the golden era of the Nexus 4/5/7 as the best values in the industry goodbye . Android Silver is nothing more than a way for Google to cozy up to the carriers an shove more overpriced GPE-style handsets down our throats.

    • needa

      i want to believe that the n6 six is still gonna happen. if for no other reason than the number is still available. then move on to silver because they cannot go any further. either way though i absolutely will not give into any theory that low priced flagships are gone.

  • JSo

    Rumors……they’re stupid.

  • carl rainey

    The Galaxy Tab S looks way better than this and the 8.4 in version will probably be around the same price as this Tablet. I think it looks too much like an ipad Air.

  • Tony Byatt

    Chill out people…

    No matter how confidence some one is, all of this is still rumor…

  • nobody72

    needs an sd slot and kind of would prefer 8.4; too close to 10.

  • possomcrast1

    Take the front of an iPad Mini Retina and the back of a nexus 5 (after being stretched) and you’d have this exact product design. This could very well be fake. The PPI and price point being exactly the same as it’s main competitor (again, the iPad Mini) is very unlike the nexus line- which has been about undercutting the competition in price and hardware since it’s debut.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Actually, the Nexus line at it’s debut was about high end phones for developers that were pushing technology forward. They weren’t cheap until the Nexus 7 came out.

      • possomcrast1

        True, I guess what I really meant was that the nexus TABLET line, has been about that since the beginning.

  • $500, 281ppi, 2GB of Ram? It is not amazing. It is awful.

    • Ray

      yep along with the 4:3 aspect ratio im good on this tablet

    • Do you think Kellen was being sarcastic?

  • n11

    Too expensive for a Nexus Package. The 2013 mode is still great and I’d probably recommend that over this hypothetical tablet.

  • PooCaster

    Sounds heavy =/

  • Humberto Hernandez

    4:3?? I think i’ll pass…

  • Joshua Bailey

    Also if you look at the original render, the back doesn’t look white to me. It does look like a silver/metallic color. Also if you look very closely at the top of the device there is a hint of a front-facing speaking so the specs might be spot on.

    All in all it is a nice looking device that should come with 32gb/64gb as the standard. We forget that the Nexus 10 hit these price points 1.5 years ago and for the most part it was well received and the price was justifiable. It didn’t sell very well even though I scooped one up and loved every second I had with it until biting on the 2013 Nexus 7. So I think if they fix the internal memory issue, Google might have hit a home run with this device. I would rather have my tablet last longer at the expense of not having 400 ppi. That’s just me. I honestly can barely see the difference from 1080p to 2K, so maybe it’s just me.

  • Chippah

    9″ high end LG tablet or gtfo.

  • guest

    Instant fail, if the price is more than $299 for 32GB, $249 for 16GB

  • Franklin Ramsey

    I was hopeful for a worthy replacement for the Nexus 7 to replace my Nexus 7 (2012). This just doesn’t seem like that Tablet. Maybe if it were 300 for the 32 GB version, but it looks like I’ll be biting on one of those Ebay daily deals for the Nexus 7 (2013) version in the $170 range.

  • you guys are getting perpetually late on some of the most interesting news lately, FYI

  • I’m good with my 2013 Nexus 7 that I just got for 179.

  • Chintan

    HTC makes amazing device hope the Nexus series gives them sales boost.

  • Looks like an iPad

    • Chippah

      I know this hurts but, i gotta say it,

      “But atleast an Ipad will have Resale value”

      it blew my mind when i saw how much beat used ipad2’s are still going for…

      • Why would that hurt me? I don’t care about resell value, if I like a product I buy it. I’m not really into selling things. If I don’t want something or get something new I just give the old stuff to my friends or take it to Goodwill. I’ve never sold a phone, clothes or anything really.

  • Brandon Rosonina

    I would have bought the nexus 7 on sale a few weeks ago if I knew this crap was coming

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I think we can all say that that render doesn’t match the Specs at all. So I’m going with that render being a mock up/not real. The specs do sound nice though.

    • Ray

      yes the render is some crap AP made and they even mentioned this doesn’t look like the specs at all. Well why the hell would you make a render that doesn’t correspond to the specs?

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I think AP redrew a clearer pic of a render the received. But I do agree…. Why bother pushing this story if the leaked specs don’t match the Pics? This story is everywhere now.

  • Bryan

    Bitch bitch bitch bitch, un-fucking-believable. I wish there was a community of positive minded tech fans out there.

    • Chippah

      Companies should listen and stop releasing garbage and incremental releases.
      its been years for a real wow factor.

      • Bryan

        You don’t get a WOW factor every year. Smart phones and tablets have basically reached commoditization.

        • Chippah

          This is incorrect. they CAN but dont..

          Remember, Manufacturers. Its Not about what YOU like,

          Its about the CONSUMER!

          http://i.imgur.com/CvsgliF.jpg

    • Adrynalyne

      You hear that, fans? You will take your mediocre spec bumps and big price increase, and you will LIKE IT.

      No more disagreement! Unleash your inner fanboy!

      • Chippah

        Perhaps Bryan should go to the Apple forums where EVERY incremental release deserves a Dinner party with all your
        male buddies to come over and watch the lifetime channel or sumphin.

      • Bryan

        No, all you people want to see is a SUPER HIGH END device sold at $89.00. That’s the only way you would be happy.

        • Adrynalyne

          Exaggeration is an exaggeration.

          Maybe, just maybe, people don’t mind mediocre spec bumps if the price doesn’t change?

          Being that costs decrease over time, and all that.

        • Chippah

          no, but a super high end tablet for $499 would be nice.

        • Mickey Jones

          Hyperbole much?

        • shooter50

          your right Bryan. The same people who want the high end device for next to nothing complain about spending .99 on an app
          I’m starting to believe tech community is synonymous with cheap

          • AngryBadger

            hmm, I believe that is just the android community really. I don’t see much price complaining at tom’s hardware really.

          • shooter50

            i agree, i should have been more specific

  • Chippah

    Also, Who gives a rats ass about the CAMERA in a tablet?

    I want to punch people in the face when i see them in a crowd holding up a tablet to take a stupid picture..

    • AngryBadger

      I only care if the tablet is bigger than the plate of food they are eating. that is just too funny (waiting to see them drop it on said food).

    • BeHereNow8484

      Agreed. I felt like a kid on Christmas when I saw a little old Asian lady drop her ipad in the fountain at the Belagio last year. She cried and her tears warmed my heart.

    • Blue Sun

      Watching tourists take photos with their iPads (& rarely other tablets) is something I rather enjoy. It is the silliest thing watching elderly & baby boomers bust out that crappy iPad camera for a memorable family moment.

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      ‘I want to punch people in the face when i see them in a crowd holding up a tablet to take a stupid picture.’

      You need to get out more.

    • Ajith Lal

      Do not agree, scanning docs with better quality is must for tablets.

  • Chippah

    Nothing in 2014 should come with 16gb of storage… and an extra 16gb shouldnt equate to $100 price difference.

    • Brandon Rosonina

      Completely agree. Even the Nexus 5 16gb to 32gb was only $50

      • Cheapo

        “Only $50” – for something that costs the manufacturer $2 to add.

        • She_Beast

          But RAM takes so much space!

          • calculatorwatch

            It’s not RAM it’s NAND. Basically the same stuff SD cards are made of, so for $100 extra they should be able to fit 128gb on there at least.

          • Maxim∑

            sd card flash is also a lot slower. Google/HTC obviously want some margins it’s not a big deal. High quality16GB flash memory can actually cost 10$ a cell and the larger it is the more expensive each cell becomes. They don’t control the fabrication plant costs

          • calculatorwatch

            Since the Nexus 7 2013 cost $40 more for the 16->32gb upgrade we can assume they’re making at least 60% margins on the upgrade. That’s a little high for a Nexus tablet don’t you think?

            If you ask me it’s more about Google trying to push more people onto cloud storage. Problem is that makes your tablet kinda useless when you don’t have WiFi.

          • Kevin
          • calculatorwatch

            Lol I realized he was being sarcastic, but if calling flash memory RAM is supposed to be funny then I still don’t get it.

      • bogy25

        Agreed also…and 281ppi? 2GB RAM? $399 for only 16GB? Dream device I think not

        • Zachary McDonough

          Most of the high cost will come from the 64 bit APU.

        • chris125

          Kellex gets amazed easily anytime the words nexus are thrown around. This is not “amazing” by any means. Nothing really groundbreaking, or deserving of the high cost.

          • Travis H

            tegra k1 and better build quality would definitely be something to be excited about.

      • Shashwat Black

        oneplus one will have 4 times the storage for only $50 more (16 to 64 gb). God knows when it’ll come though.. maybe next year 😀

    • Daistaar

      How about about the price after including LTE? Why are we paying so much extra for the inclusion of an LTE chip in any device? There’s no way that chip and 5 inch antenna cost an extra 200 dollars. And people wonder why we’re stuck in a Wi-Fi zone.

      • zurginator

        Because licensing.

        • Daistaar

          Licensing of what? Broadcast band for LTE? CPU with LTE antenna? What part of putting in an LTE SoC would you say would include a 200 price hike? I’m just looking from the consumer side so it’s a narrow view. Maybe I’m just not getting why so I’m seriously asking. Thanks Zurg!

          • zurginator

            Someone (I’m not all too familiar with it myself) dropped several billion dollars developing LTE.

            Then Qualcomm spent a few billion dollars developing a chip that supported LTE, paying licensing costs too the LTE guys.

            Now HTC builds a Tablet, and needs to pay both companies, because they’re using the tech of both companies. The non-LTE tablet likely has the same hardware – it just doesn’t have the software because HTC doesn’t pay the licensing.

    • LG_AndroidSilver_Tablet

      +
      and looking at that relatively poorly done render I don’t see the “zero-gap aluminum” construction. It’s white matte plastic.
      All those aluminum G3 rumors end up being just rumors. G3 is plastic.
      Thickness is obviously fake.

      HTC is sinking and can’t afford manufacturing of a Nexus device.
      “Premium” Nexus is simply BS.
      —————————————————–

      The device above is probably LG “Android Silver” Pad.

      • Travis H

        there is a metallic surface on the g3 however its not solid metal, its metal on plastic.

    • Dave

      Or 2GB of Ram in a flagship device.

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    • JoshHenry

      Who saves anything on their device anymore? Thats so 2013. Welcome to the world of cloud computing.

      • Robert Boluyt

        Data caps, yo.

      • Travis H

        games and apps…

  • Indianajonze

    whats up with that aspect ratio?

  • d-rock

    no thanks…what’s this really offer over N7 2013? 64 bit processor? 16/32 internal? Time for technology to start the 32/64 options at the old price points. This memory has gotten so much cheaper, yet they charge an arm and leg for it.

    • Adrynalyne

      Better camera
      Higher resolution
      Better GPU
      Better CPU
      Bigger
      Aluminum

      I get what you are saying but that same argument can be made for every phone over the course of the past 1.5 years.

      • hkklife

        But that’s the whole point . This thing is basically trying to replace the Nexus 10 as the high-resolution “large” tablet. Or maybe Google wants to replace both the N7 and N10 with a single one size fits all device (big mistake IMO).

        The N7 2013 edition is still a solid device for the price spec-wise. The N10 is the one that desperately needs to be refreshed or replaced. Heck, the 2013 N7 could still be a very solid tablet for another year given an official price reduction (I’m not talking about the flood of Ebay sales/refurbs).

  • Jprime

    Useless aluminum seems to be making it a bit pricey. no thanks!

  • Jason Kahn

    This looks to much like an iPad mini, and not using a wide-screen resolution doesn’t make sense. The rest of the specs looks fantastic.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Here is what I think I’d going to happen with Android tablets moving forward:

    Google has seen the err if their ways in neglecting the premium tablet and phone market for Android users. Android Silver will now be the premium Android smart phone platform. Where does that leave us with tablets? In my opinion Google will not abandon the Nexus program, but transform it into a tablet only program where they can showcase new versions of Android every year. The only caveat being that the Nexus line will no longer be the budget, best bang for your buck product. It will take on the form of the premium tablet device with a better aspect ratio for doing what most tablet users use their devices for… Reading and browsing the internet.

    Essentially we would have two Google hardware programs, Silver and Nexus. One for phones and one for tablets. This is where Google makes a real push into the tablet space. But there aren’t any tablet apps… This is where I really believe Android L will come into play. Google understands that where the iPad platform shines is with the applications it runs and the dedication developers have to the platform. Android L will go with a different approach to tablet apps and perhaps that’s the reason for the screen ratio change.

    This is just my thought and I’m probably way off base. I would be OK with this. As an Android user I don’t use Apple products, but I respect them and think Android can learn a lot from them.

    • AngryBadger

      I can’t wait to see what they plan to do. I just got around to the nexus line and am eager to see the next “evolution” of Android. I hope to see 32GB/64GB steps (at least in the tablet line, especially with no SD storage). Really enjoy the nexus 5 and 7.

      • Joshua Bailey

        Absolutely love my Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7. They desperately need a 64gb option if they want to be considered premium.

  • shmigga

    If these rumors are true, then I doubt they will sell too many at $399. Why give a 9″ tablet a 10″ price tag? IMO, price should be no higher than $249 for this.

    • Maybe Google wanted to make a super high-end Nexus to end the line? Just a thought.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Other than the TK1 it isn’t really high end :/

      • Jason Kahn

        I don’t get it the Nexus line of tablets sold like hot cakes because it was cheap. Competing at apples level hads never worked well for Android tablets

      • Adrynalyne

        If thats the case, they lost sight of the original purpose of the Nexus program.

  • sj0808

    4:3 is a major fail lol

    • calculatorwatch

      Not to mention Apple will probably sue. It looks just like a blown up iPad Mini especially if it’s got an aluminum back.

      • Maxim∑

        So funny

        • calculatorwatch

          Thanks bro

  • lulzHTC

    There’s not enough bezel, that render is not accurate.

    • Mike H.

      Don’t forget the black bar that will have HTC scratched out and nexus written next to it!

      I’ll pass on tablets for another year lol there really is no point to them. They are the smart watch concept that actually took off.

      • PoisonApple31

        I thought the black bar was for carrier branding? 😉

  • j

    I don’t understand 8.9″ screen. It’s not portable, so give us the extra inch of screen ffs.

  • lulzHTC

    Every time htc releases something new their credibility decreases immensely. Is this a joke? Sadly probably not lol.

  • rickneworleansla

    Not the price I was expecting.

  • sagisarius

    Saw this a few days ago… seems kind of bogus in a lot of ways. Looks like a blown up N5, the 4:3 thing is odd, the price is odd, and pricing for the sizes is inconsistent with other nexus devices. The specs actually don’t line up with each other. Most of all the timing sounds nuts… it would leave Google with no Nexus tablet (under a year old) at all for months.

    • Maxim∑

      I wish they just went with Qualcomm also

  • ITGuy11

    4:3 aspect ratio WTF???

  • Have never owned my own tablet, but 281 PPI seems a little low, right? I understand we generally hold tablet further from our eyes than our phone, but this sounds too low. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • MichaelFranz

    Price points seem a little high. I mean $100 more for 32GB is insane, even in a phone. Might as well just make it 32GB out of the box, and maybe for 64GB make it $100 more. From my understanding, the storage chips are cheap to make. Maybe if it was a better screen/camera/storage/memory for $100 more it would be worth it, but not just for storage. I see complaints about 2GB, i think it’ll be fine. 3Gb would of been great, but everything runs fairly smoothly on AOSP with 2GB, its when its bloat with crap it’ll lag

  • 281 ppi has me a bit worried… Anything south of 330 looks terrible.

    • Adrynalyne

      Yeah, I mean, look at the Note 2….

      /s

      • sj0808

        Dude note 2 is a 2012 phone…

        • Adrynalyne

          Is it still not a viable device?

          Did our eyes become keener in the last two years?

          Does it not still look fantastic even today?

      • Exactly. The Note 2 looks like complete garbage by today’s standards. Hell, even last years standards.

  • Mickey Jones

    I hope everything about this is wrong, including the PPI, RAM, price, and release date.

    • Maxim∑

      The ppi is fine

      Edit: didn’t realize it was 8.9in thought it was 10in nvm

    • TheDrizzle

      I hope it ends up looking like the render though. I’d buy it for sure if it ends up looking like that. I’m really hoping it doesn’t look like any of HTCs phones.

  • chris125

    Honestly not that impressive compared to the new Samsung tabs

  • Jim Montague

    I don’t see how this will stand a chance coming 2+ quarters after the Galaxy S is released, which has a much smaller/lighter/thinner body and only .5 smaller screen. Plus, by the time this comes out, the Galaxy S will probably be $329-349. These rumors just don’t seem to make sense for a Nexus. 16GB with no expandable storage for $400. What happened to the Nexus line coming out and undercutting the competition on price?

    • hkklife

      My theory is as follows: Google had already decided that the writing was on the wall for the Nexus program. Consumers loved the N4/5/7 but the carriers and the other Android OEMs hated it and Google hated the low margins as well. But this one was too far along in the pipeline to cancel and they wanted to throw poor ol’ HTC a bone. So they decided to toss this one out there just like the N10—-no retail visibility/marketing $/presence, decent but not great specs, and a huge $ leap from the base storage version to the higher capacity version. Then the thing ends up as a massive flop and they can say that no one wants high-end Android tablets and the death of the Nexus program is a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      By dumping the Nexus line, Google is basically appeasing the carriers, their hardware partners AND making life easy for themselves. By doing so, they are admitting the only way to gain marketshare is by piggybacking on the carriers and offering the usual subsidized handsets. I fear they have simply given up trying to compete with Apple by undercutting and are content to instead just mimic them at every step.

  • Disqus_n00b

    Nexus devices are great, but a little underwhelmed here. The Nexus 7 (2013) is still a relevant, 2-year device – I can’t see this being an excellent device a year from now. Bring on Silver tabs

  • Brandon Rosonina

    My phone has 2 GB ram…. Not happy. And 100 more for 64gb. Without expandable storage obviously !!!!

  • callumshell1

    its exactly the same as the xiaomi mi pad but twice as much

  • TheDave1022

    281 ppi sounds a bit low for a high end tablet

    • JeffColorado

      My Droid 1 had 265ppi lol…281 is unacceptable in 2014. At least it is for a premium tablet.

      • Josh Rahn

        But the battery life should be incredible since it won’t be pixel pushing.

        • guest

          G3 proves you can push pixels without sacrificing battery life. If companies would upgrade battery tech like they do phones and the spec war we wouldn’t have to worry about battery life.

          • AngryBadger

            for goodness sake yes. More battery tech please.

          • Josh Rahn

            Yes but most of us don’t need a 2K display. I think its so overkill and it does put a strain on the battery, sure it maybe more efficient but their is still more pixels that require more processing. I don’t plan on using this thing 2″ from my face so I wouldn’t notice the difference.

      • Adrynalyne

        Note 2 looked fine with 265…

      • Raven

        Nexus tablets are meant to be a developer standard device. They were never intended to be premium, just a really good reference model for others to follow.

        • Mike

          And the Nexus 10 with ridiculous resolution worked great, because it had enough pixels that I could use it to emulate the screen of every single other Android device. Same for the Nexus 7 — had enough ppi that you could check layouts on pretty much anyhting. This only works as a good reference if you want to develop against the Nvidia K1 chip…..otherwise, grab a different and cheaper tablet, unless some new features drop on this.

    • Nexus 7 (2013) had 323 ppi

      wtf. surprised…

    • cjohn4043

      iPad Air has a ppi of 264, and I think that display looks pretty great. 281 is perfectly fine.

  • MistaButters

    I really like the size of the Tab Pro 8.4, so I sort of wish it would have come in just a tad smaller, but options are always a good thing, I suppose.

    • Mike

      especially having 2 front facing speakers making use of the bezel. My nexus tablet is soo quiet it’s ridiculous

  • leviwhite9

    Man I was really liking the price point of the 7 inchers. Hopefully this thing is as good as it sound on paper.

  • boooo berry

    sounds like an htc flopper to me. how can you get excited for these specs in a q4 tablet?

    • JeffColorado

      Really…why do all the Android sites have a boner for this tablets? 281ppi? Really? 2 Gigs of RAM? And it ain’t cheap. Nothing to see here…I think I’d rather have the 2013 Nexus.

  • Jeff Tycz

    ugh 64bit processor with only 2 GB of RAM…..

    • Jonathan Bunch

      2gb of ram is so 2013!

      • flybass

        He means that you don’t need 64bits to address more memory if you only throw in 2gb

        • Jonathan Bunch

          we aint about that 64bit life

          • why.did.i.buy.that

            I didn’t choose the 64bit life, the 64bit life chose me… (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

          • BiggiePhat

            … ┬─┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)

          • why.did.i.buy.that

            (´⊙ω⊙`)……………. (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

        • Eric R.

          It will use the full 2gb though, not 1.5 like devices now

      • bogy25

        Why is RAM so hard to upgrade by these manufacturers? Don’t they do any research? We need 3GB and up these days don;t you think? Is it that expensive to go from 2GB to 3GB? …. or 4GB? Does it really take up more real estate in the phone?

        • Is it that expensive? Yes, it can be.
          Does it take up that much more real estate? Yes, it can.

        • Sam

          It is not yet out buddy , can come up with 3 gigs of ram, we never no what these companies are up to…

    • knight

      Spec hungry pips. the motoX shudv proved by now that its not about how much ammo you got but about how you use what you’v got well

      • Jeff Tycz

        maybe you are just new to technology but having a 64bit processor with 2GB of ram does nothing, if you have 4GB or less then you can still run 32bit processor, 64GB is unly useful when you have memory above 4GB

  • coolsilver

    Flounder – HTC Belly up.

    • Android_09

      Don’t hate. Just like I won’t hate on the fact that you’re a furry and dress up like an animal and plug other guy’s buttholes.

      • JeffColorado

        Why is it hate? He’s right. This product is overpriced for what it’s delivering. It’s the HTC version of the Fire phone.

      • coolsilver

        You make a lot of assumptions there. Each of which you are entitled to your opinion. None of which are relevant to this site or my comment.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Make it. Make it. Make it. Make it.

    • MistaButters

      Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain.