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Update:  Ignore. This was fake; @evleaks got “hoaxed.”

Talk of Google’s next Nexus tablet, codenamed Volantis, has been heating up over the past month. Back in June, the world received what it thought was an early render and specifications for the device, aka the Nexus 9, but according to sources of @evleaks, that initial report was inaccurate.

From what @evleaks states, Google is currently testing an HTC-made super tablet, which could be released with ridiculous specifications. 

According to the newest leak, the Volantis is being tested with a Snapdragon 810 processor with 5GB of RAM, but will release running an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit chipset. The tablet will also feature an 8.9″ display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, 8MP rear-facing camera, BoomSound (thanks, HTC), aluminum unibody design, and may actually come running a version of Android Silver.

From a photo that was coupled with the leak, a “macro” photo of the tablet was taken, with the words “Android Silver OS Alpha 1.4″ printed on it. From what we thought we knew, Android Silver was to be a platform, much like Nexus, where it was not a standalone OS, as Android is. Does this leak tip that Silver is more than just a hardware platform? Google has yet to officially comment on Android Silver, but has stated that the Nexus program is not going anywhere.

We could still be months away from any type of release or announcement, but as it stands right now, how excited are you for a new Nexus tablet? In our opinion, it has been way too long since the last one.

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Via: @evleaks
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    EvLeaks slacking. Getting hoaxed by a 13 year old. He has really been off the mark lately.

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  • Technologically Inaccurate

    First there was 2048×1440.
    Now there’s 2560×1600?
    Amazon be warned.

  • Brandon Rosonina

    oh yes.

  • Robhimself79

    Dual os? Chrome when docked and android when not?

  • a) youth.in.asia

    With a modest 4000mAh battery

  • TingedSeven

    5 gig of ram NO WAY..

  • enigmaco

    I’m afraid to know the price of it

  • hkklife

    2 versions of the Volantis, perhaps? A “gimped” $399 Nexus version with a 32-bit Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM/16GB storage with Android L? And then a premium $499 (or higher) Nexus Silver version running a ton of a “value added software ” (ie Google-bloat) with 64-bit K1, LTE, 5GB RAM and 64GB storage?

    • Jason Brown

      lol at “google bloat.” never thought of it that way but thats a good way to put it

  • mgamerz
  • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

    Android Silver is not a version of Android. It is a hardware certification and is described as this… “Google will help manufacturers to deliver a premium Android experience, so participating firms will get help from Google with their development and marketing costs, and their devices will get preferential treatment when it comes to software updates.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Has it been way too long since the last one? I thought the nexus 7 2013 came out last year…. should be due up soon though!!

  • NexusMan

    If its running Android Silver, its not a Nexus. A new Nexus, if there is one, will run Android L.

    • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

      Um.. Android Silver is not a version of the OS.. Android Silver is a certification program… they will all run Android L. It is described as this “Google supposedly wants to help manufacturers to deliver a premium Android experience, so participating firms will get help from Google with their development and marketing costs, and their devices will get preferential treatment when it comes to software updates.” Again.. not a version of the OS.

      • NexusMan

        Is there a reason you are directing that respons to me? My comment was in response to the article which said “The tablet will also feature an 8.9″ display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, 8MP rear-facing camera, BoomSound (thanks, HTC), aluminum unibody design, and may actually come running a version of Android Silver.” To which I responded, ”
        If its running Android Silver, its not a Nexus. A new Nexus, if there is one, will run Android L.” Seems like your comment should have been directed to the author of the article.

  • Wall Breaker

    I got it!!!

    Android Silver is a Desktop Type Software!!!! Maybe…

    Or could be like Windows Surface Type software.

    • Android_09

      I wanna get a surface pro 3 but they are just too damn expensive.

    • acras

      Isn’t Chrome their Desktop software? I wouldn’t think they would have Chromebooks on one OS , Tablet/desktop on another , and phones/tablets on yet another . Like someone above said , perhaps Silver is going to be a version of android that Google will require no skins from the OEM’s , the way they say wearable and auto will be , and marketed to the masses , and they will keep the Nexus program running. Since this story references Silver as an OS , thats my speculation , but since @evleaks is less than reliable with many of his leaks , I have a BIG grain of salt here

  • Wall Breaker

    I hope this means google is working on introducing tablet apps to compete with iMovie, garagband and other productivity apps.

    Apple’s iPads have always felt like they have had the upper hand on Productivity apps compared to android

    Google has already started competing with I works in a way with docs sheets and slides.

  • James_75

    Anyone else hoping the screen will be bigger than 9″? I don’t want a smaller screen than my N10 on a flagship tablet.

    • 213ninja

      sure i could go for a 10, 11, or even 12….

    • Wall Breaker

      I like the size of the iPad air perfect IMO.

      • 213ninja

        that is a nice build.

      • Maxim∑

        5GB of RAM isnt enough

    • T_Dizzle

      I agree. When watching video on my N10 I wish it was bigger. The display is awesome, let me see more of it :-)

  • Justin W

    It would only make sense the 810 would be used since it’s a 64bit processor, but I’m not sure about 5GB or RAM…. Maybe just to show it can utilize that much if necessary? I’d see 2-3GB as necessary on a device with that processor but nothing more…

    Edit: Also, with that much RAM and that processor, I think I’d be fine paying $499 for the 32GB model.

    • hfoster52

      Well its needs a 64bit processor to address that amount of RAM.

      • Justin W

        Right, but what application to be used on a device like this would need that much RAM? It just seems like an absurd jump with what Mobile needs.

  • Indianajonze

    wait so now its 16:9? i thought it was reported to be 4:3 and there was much (justifiable) outrage?

    • Justin W

      IIRC it was some weird resolution that might have been 4:3 if, and only if the soft keys and notification bar weren’t included and were a specific number of pixels in height. Though I know it wasn’t (according to the leak you speak of) supposed to be 16:9 either.

  • Arty McBert

    Must be filled with A LOT of bloatware apps running to need that much RAM.

    • 213ninja

      bloat on a Nexus device, huh?

      • chris125

        It’s not a nexus device….

        • 213ninja

          ah, touche, i blame the big shiny ‘nexus’ graphic used above…

          • chris125

            Agree, the picture is misleading.

          • 213ninja

            i don’t think they know what it is at this point………

        • hfoster52

          The article say its a nexus device 3 times.

        • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

          Who knows lol

          • chris125

            Yes and if you read the article you see even they are unsure what it will be called. How many nexus devices run silver OS? Because at first it was the nexus 8, now droid-life calls it the nexus 9, yet when every indication is that it won’t be nexus branded.

          • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

            Silver is not an OS.. Not even sure why the article says that.. Silver is a certification program where Google will work with a manufacturer to develop and market along with them. It will most likely run pure Android L and get preferential treatment on updates.. Just like Nexus, but multiple manufactures..

          • chris125

            Because that’s what the screen shots show…. It running silver OS

          • http://www.MyTabletLife.com Chris Garcia

            Ah. LOL. See that now.. Must have skipped that.. strange.

  • Cael

    Bezels…Bezels everywhere!

    Will HTC include a black bar saying Nexus on the front as well?

    I wanna see Evleaks receipts…

    • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

      i dont mind some bezel on tablet so i have room to grip…. not too much though!

    • Wall Breaker

      bezels aren’t as bad on tablets, I like having massive bezels on the top and bottom of the Nexus 7 2013, made holding it more comfortable without covering up the screen with my hand.

  • shamatuu

    sounds really expensive which might be a turn off for many people b/c nexus tablet are suppose to be cheap with cutting edge specs.

    • chris125

      It’s not a nexus. It is part of silver which is pretty much google edition devices and they aren’t cheap..

      • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

        why did it say nexus 9?

        • chris125

          Because that is what droid-life is calling it?

          • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

            i think i read it wrong. so this ISNT the nexus 9?

            what happened to the nexus 8. these leaks are so confusing i dont even know whats going on anymore

            nexus? silver? gold? platinum? wtfff

  • Guest

    Running a version of Android Silver? Since when was Android Silver an OS/software? I thought it’s just the name of the program…

    • chris125

      Agree seems sort of strange. I mean is google really going to have multiple versions of android with L and silver? Man that would really get the nay sayers screaming about fragmentation

      • hfoster52

        Lead and Silver? ;)

        • Android_09

  • Ryan N

    Any nexus tablet will be welcomed. HTC can definitely deliver on the premium hardware side as the materials in a tablet are a big selling point.

  • chris125

    And let all the whiners complain about how expensive it will be and it should be priced like nexus devices

  • PoisonApple31

    And all the Moto X fanboys start whining about the hardware…

    • Jarred Sutherland

      You’re the first person to mention anything here. So, are you whining about other people whining?

    • Nathan Borup

      wait what? I have a moto x, what should I be whining about?

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        Garbage screen.

        Garbage battery life.

        And most importantly garbage camera.

        • Nathan Borup

          You’re funny :P My battery lasts just fine, and my camera takes wonderful pictures. Don’t care much about the screen factor, its good enough for me. I just like the fact that I got a nice unlocked phone on verizon for $400

          • https://www.facebook.com/christopher.johnsc chris_johns

            hes just mad he has an over sized korean piece of plastic and glass in his pocket

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            No, you’re funny.

            Camera takes wonderful pictures…..bah hahahahahaha

          • Nathan Borup

            Looks good to me… This was just a quick snapshot, no editing or anything

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Haha, perfect evidence. I rest my case. Thank you.

          • Nathan Borup

            What is bad in that picture?

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Sky is completely blown out. Balloon is full of grain.

          • Nathan Borup

            I was FACING the setting sun… the sky is not blown out. And the balloon isn’t grainy in the original picture, disqus screwed up the picture when uploading it

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Okay.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Do you know what a blown out sky is? A good camera would be able to adjust to the lighting of the setting sun so that you can still see the sky whilst looking at the setting sun. A good camera would be able to adjust to the lighting while also keeping the balance on what it is focusing on, the girl/balloon. It is very clear that this is not the best camera. Sure, it gets the job done, for people like you, and even me, who don’t really care to get nitty gritty and have our photos look magazine quality. But to support Steve, it is definitely not a good photo.

          • Nathan Borup

            I don’t know of a camera that can face a setting sun, and be able to focus and adjust the lighting so the sky isn’t blown out without the focus point being too dark… not possible with a one lense camera unless you use HDR

          • LSH99

            You’d better just give up now. Don’t you know you’re not allowed to be satisfied with that picture? It’s only good if everybody else says it is. Delete it, get a new phone, take a new picture, and then check back in with these guys. I’m sorry. Good luck.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Hey, I really don’t care. It’s good enough for a lot of people, including me. i was just trying to justify Steve’s argument a little bit, while also providing some perspective.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Yea, I’m not too sure any smartphone camera can do that. But it seemed like that is the kind of camera Steve is going for. I never understood the desire to have that good of a camera in a phone. Better off getting a professional quality camera if you care that much :P

          • Nathan Borup

            That’s exactly what I was trying to point out… you’re not going to get a smartphone as good as some standalone camera. So why is the Moto X’s camera garbage? Pictures from it look just as good from any other smarthphone

          • acras

            I’d love to have that quality of camera in my phone , but I don’t want my phone to be big enough to hold the proper hardware and the larger battery to support it. Something the size of a pencil eraser isn’t going to compete with a full frame DSLR , that doesn’t mean that a phone camera can’t take damn nice pictures , just that not many of those pictures are going to be published.

          • Bryan

            Even a full frame DSLR will most likely blow out the sky in that pic. Dynamic range is still something of a problem for all cameras. The human eye can do it, but most sensors still don’t have dynamic range without doing multiple exposures and merging as an HDR.

          • Android_09

            You forgot to mention that girl. That’s what’s truly bad about this pic.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Ok, don’t be a douche. That’s not cool.

          • Nathan Borup

            thats my wife you asshat

          • Android_09

            Your wife looks like an asshat.

          • Nathan Borup

            wow… just realized disqus totally just screwed up the picture

          • hfoster52

            Well done.

          • Android_09

            I hope you’re not talking about that fuggo in the picture.

          • Cory S

            You live in marshmallow sky land!

        • r0l

          I think you need to Google garbage, as I don’t think that words means what you think it means. Or you’re just a very dramatic person.

          • Nathan Borup

            rofl nice

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            Garbage in comparison to other flagships from last year.

            720p with visible pixels? Garbage
            18 hours of normal use? Garbage
            Terrible quality, grainy, washed out pictures? Garbage

            Pretty spot on.

          • NexusMan

            Apparently most tech sites LOVE them some garbage!

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            For the record, people who bought the Moto X more than likely bought it for the design and/or Motomaker. The spec criticisms are invalid, since people who have the Moto X are okay with them. They are garbage, in your opinion. Not saying that a 720p screen is better than a 1080p one, because I definitely can tell the difference, but I can certainly live with that difference given the pros of the device.

          • ERIFNOMI

            Who pissed in your mouth this morning?

          • acras

            And a pricetag $200-$300 below the other “flagships” you are referring to? Kind of like saying a Toyota is garbage compared to a Mercedes , BMW and a Rolls . May not be as luxurious , but perfectly functional and gets the job done for tons of people. There are quite a few people who are happy with their X purchase , and theyknow everything isn’t the absolute best in the world , but the “flagships” you mention had room for improvement too . But hey , don’t let that stop you from trying to make as many people as possible angry and negative as you are.

      • PoisonApple31

        You may have a moto x, but if you were a fanboy I think you’d get my joke.

    • r0l

      Why would Moto X users care about a tablet’s specs?

  • Jarred Sutherland

    All something like 5GB of RAM tells me is that people need to learn to write software rather than make up for it with insane hardware offerings. But that’s been the case for this stuff for years.

    • Jeff Tycz

      It should also tell you that it will actually put the 64bit processor to good use

      • Jarred Sutherland

        How? Poor code is poor code, it doesn’t mean that it uses the CPU more efficiently which is what people should focus on.

        • Jeff Tycz

          64bit processor with under 4gb of memory is pointless is my point

          • Maxim∑

            ………………….here we go again. No Jeff your wrong.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            No Maxim, you’re wrong.

          • Maxim∑

            I guess I’ll go first before a useless chain of “your wrong” begins

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Sorry man, couldn’t help it

          • Jeff Tycz

            read this article and you will maybe learn something. even though its about the iphone it still pertains to this https://medium.com/@suyashsrijan/does-64-bit-a7-provide-any-actual-performance-boost-fb96c0d7fd4e

          • Cory S

            Not completely, but mostly yeah. Encryption is far better on 64bit. It can even be argued that 4GB of ram on a 64 bit system is more like 3GB of ram on a 32 bit system because the addresses take up more space. To really take advantage I’d want at least 5, preferably 6.

          • mgamerz

            http://anandtech.com/show/8231/a-closer-look-at-android-runtime-art-in-android-l/3 Android’s implementation is not “true” 64 bit. It still uses 32-bit pointers but mapped in a 64-bit address space, a la Windows on Windows 64.

          • Cory S

            Ah, wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for the info

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          It’s not the job or the silicon/RAM makers to be concerned about Software Makers making efficient software. It’s their job to keep pushing the envelope. Whether or not software makers are putting in effort to making for efficient code has nothing to do with the actual hardware they decide to run it on.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            The “silicon/RAM” makers aren’t pushing the envelope. The OEM requests a package, then it is built. Oh well, the argument is invalid. People want more more more without looking around to understand WHY they want more. Oh well, whatever.

          • Cory S

            I’d like more RAM to be able to open any tab in chrome and have it not “reload” because the contents got flushed hours ago, or to have the overhead to be able to basically pre cache ever file or app on the device. Or to be able to have vast open ended sandbox games and shooters that aren’t in tiny hallways/complexes because there isn’t enough memory for all the textures.

            I don’t understand people who don’t want better hardware without knowing why they don’t want better hardware. oh well, whatever.

        • mgamerz

          When you don’t have pointer and memory management it’s kinda hard to tell what your code will do when it runs. I’ve written search algorithms in C and Java, and C wins hands down. For a depth 5 search in a basic game (such as Nine Mans Mill), on C you can pack it into about 250KB, in java it’s like 1.3GB because the memory isn’t freed until like 20 seconds later.

      • j__h

        You can use more than 4gb even if you only have a32 bit chip. It is called pae http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_Address_Extension

        • Nathan Borup

          Doesn’t mention anything about ARM processors. I’m no expert, but I think x86 processors and ARM processors have totally different architectures and therefore have ways of addressing RAM

          • j__h

            How does that matter? The overwhelming majority of Android devices use ARM or ARM based processors, That could use >4gb.

          • Nathan Borup

            Then why don’t we see any ARM based devices with more than 3GB of RAM? I’m pretty sure if it could be done, it would have been done

          • Cory S

            To be fair we are just now starting to see a few device with even 3GB of RAM..

          • Nathan Borup

            Nope, we’ve had devices with 3GB of RAM since 2013. Look at the Note 3. Like i said, if it could have been done, it would have been done

          • Cory S

            The Note 3 is the latest Note.. so yeah we are just now seeing it.

          • Nathan Borup

            The note 3 was released in September 2013… over 9 months ago… so yeah, we are not just now seeing it

          • j__h

            Because RAM is expensive and the devices don’t need it. The project tango tablet uses the A15 Tegra k1 which is 32 bit and has 4gb of ram because it is meant for serious image processing and has a need for all that memory.

        • Cory S

          PAE still limits each process to only 2GB maximum memory. That is probably more than enough for anything tablet related…for right now. But some sand box games would gladly use much more if they could. 64 bit also offers other advantages. performance benefits in some operations, and vastly improved encryption capabilities.

    • Tom S

      Or multitasking.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I get so lost with this. What exactly are you using one of these tablets for? There is only so much that can be done with current devices due to things like input and screen sizes .. so what kind of multitasking options do you want? I really am wondering, not being sarcastic or anything.

        • Tom S

          Well, if you have background operations actively running, like music, that consumes memory. Decompressed audio takes up a good amount of RAM, too.

          Also, if Android ends up with split screen multitasking built in, life Samsung devices, that will require more memory.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            The problem with this is that while the hardware becomes more powerful, the batteries aren’t quite making any giant leaps. Again, I thought the entire point of a tablet was for general purpose stuff. If you need a workhorse, the tablet isn’t quite the thing that is going to do it.

          • Nathan Borup

            Batteries have been able to keep up just fine. Think about the dreaded HTC Thunderbolt that was only released 2.5 years ago. 1200 mhz processor with 4G LTE and the battery didn’t even last a day, yet now we have quad core phones running at 2.3-2.5Ghz with 4G XLTE with bigger screens that last almost 2 days!

          • Jarred Sutherland

            So, I’ve never had an Android smartphone that gets almost 2 days. Care to point this out?

          • Nathan Borup

            My old Razr Maxx did. My friend’s GS4 did for a while, until he started doing wireless charging. With my Moto X I can end the day with about 40% occasionally (It does have a very small battery)

          • deskjob

            True battery life has been much improved thank goodness, but improvements in CPU architecture and process played a bigger role than actual improvement in battery tech.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            None of these devices are what you mentioned above though. The Maxx had a double the capacity battery, the Moto X is a dual core device, etc. You make no mention of screen on time or other real world things that cause battery drain. I could get several days out of a phone if I never turned the screen on and set it to airplane mode.

          • Nathan Borup

            ok… the LG G2 gets more than one day’s worth of battery life and it is clocked at 2.3Ghz and to quote Engadget’s review “Under heavy use, I was easily able to cross over the 20-hour mark, with regular use of GPS, WiFi and voice calls, all with the screen on at least half-brightness. Less holistically, in Engadget’s HD video rundown, I managed a glorious (well, tortuous if you’re in the middle of reviewing) 16 hours of playback on a single charge. Alongside the Moto X, perhaps this is a sign that we’re finally crossing into a world of sensible smartphone batteries.”

        • DanielMena9

          I hope with Tablets at least we get split view in the near future. Maybe even in Android “L” do it ala apple and in the fall “one more thing.”

          • chris125

            They should just get it from samsung on how to do the multi window and add it into the stock android build so that more tablets can take advantage of it.

    • r0l

      It’s so it can run “desktop quality” games. I’m sure the OS and apps won’t need more than 2 GB, only high end games and maybe video editing will utilize it.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        That makes sense. Hope the offering has more than 32GB storage in that case. :)

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        to me it screams multiwindow.

        • r0l

          Agreed, that would be a good use as well.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            imagine connecting it to your tv and playing games.

        • Bruce

          not only the multitasking/multiwindow, it’s 64bit Android OS. This will be the first “true” 64bit Android hardware.

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            yes yes, and they’ll have android L and project volta and a new kernel (3.10+?). I understand what your saying. The combination is drool worthy.

        • Miguel

          Specially on that screen.

      • hfoster52

        Guess people haven’t heard about buffering in RAM and the speed you gain from that.

        • Cory S

          Yeah, anyone with a modern PC really needs to open up task manager and see how much of that RAM is just sitting there doing nothing. Unused RAM is worthless RAM, but apps cached in ram are far faster than NAND. Not to mention internet browser over head. Ever notice how much memory chrome on a desktop uses? It’s a lot. That’s why when you leave Chrome your launcher will sometimes reload, and when you go back in the websites have to reload from NAND.

          • hfoster52

            You can do the same with Android.

          • Cory S

            I know, it’s just more blatant on PCs.

      • rawr

        It still won’t run desktop quality games, Top end Nvidia/AMD cards are the size of tablets these days, JUST the gpus are with more VRAM than these tablets have total.

        Lets stop pretending mobile can ever beat stationary. Power requirements and size requirements just won’t allow it.

        • hfoster52

          Look at what gaming machines run. Not much better. http://www.cnet.com/news/specs-showdown-ps3-vs-ps4-vs-xbox-one-vs-xbox-360/ I know its not an apples to apples and they run a dedicated gaming OS but this is getting closer.

          • rawr

            Did you really link consoles?

            Those aren’t for gaming but for kiddies to watch Call of Blues Clues Modern Steve 2.

            Mobile isn’t close to Sandy Bridge-E hexacore + 780tis. And by the time it is? It won’t be close to current desktop tech again.

          • hfoster52

            Yes I did. But I didn’t compare it to desktop hardware. Mobile will always lag behind due to power constraints and costs for shrinking the hardware to a mobile size. My point is mobile is already where gaming consoles are and probably beyond them at this point so they can produce console gaming.

          • Wall Breaker

            I think Android TV is going to start pushing more people to produce console level gaming for Android.

        • Cory S

          Sure they can. They do now. Maybe not Crysis 5, but that’s not the expectation. It’s to reduce the delta from desktop games from 10-12 years ago to desktop games from 5 years ago. Also, keep in mind thanks to the Xbox 360/PS4 most of the “desktop” games we’ve had over the last decade were designed to run on a console as the lowest common denominator.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            Referring to desktop games implies that it isn’t written for gimped consoles. If it is a true desktop game, it isn’t running on a console.

          • Cory S

            Heck even Fallout 3 had console versions, and I think anyone would be happy with a full port of that. But that’s not the point. The point is when someone says run desktop games they don’t mean 2013’s Battlefield 4 on Ultra High, but perhaps 2010’s Battlefield Bad Company 2 on medium settings.

      • FragMan

        in the early 2000’s you needed 2 gb of ram for desktop quality games like COD and BF, but now you need minimum of 4gb ram for crappy quality and at least 8GB ram for smoothness or more, not including a graphics chip that is top of the line or maybe no older that 2 years to run those same games.

      • sharongnewborn

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        monday I got a gorgeous Peugeot 205 GTi after having earned $6860 this past 4
        weeks an would you believe ten-k this past-month . with-out a doubt this is the
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    • Menger40

      What if I want to open one… MILLION Chrome tabs?

      *Doctor Evil pinkie*

      • Jarred Sutherland

        You might break the internet….. just like if you type google into google.

        • TC Infantino

          Internetception

    • JMonkeYJ

      If it’s being used as a development device, 5GB makes sense for a 64bit tablet because you need 64bit to access more than 4GB of RAM. This way Google and (hopefully) app developers will be able to figure out if everything is truly 64bit compatible.

    • Stay Fluft

      I think it’s more google/HTC showing off and giving us aa heaping taste of 64bit. When apple released 64bit they advertised as desktop class processor but kept everything at 1gb ram. Thus apple was milking the cow dry by effectively giving users less ram because 64bit requires more registers and overhead. 64bit can effectively address 4gb ram +. I am guessing google said effit, let’s do 5gb ram. And it being a nexus device I would think this gives developers and the enthusiast community plenty of room to play around. I agree with most of your sentiment but OTOH it’s taken apple a not so effective 7+ years to come out with two gigs of ram. I do hope their is a badass GPU and some game devs stepping up to the plate on this though. That is a lot of head room to show off.

  • TheRunner024

    5 gigs of RAM? Wow.

  • Brandon Rosonina

    ::drooling::

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Not sure what i’d do with a 64bit processor and 5GB of ram on a tablet… I’m more interested in the prospect of Android Silver having specific software offerings, not sure if that’ll be a good or bad thing

    • r0l

      It’s likely there way of marketing “pure Android” with all Google services by default. If they try to cell customer s it’s AOSP, that won’t market well.

      • Justin W

        Google’s version of Android = Android Silver? I can get behind that.

        Google’s version of Android AOSP? I’m not so sure I like where this is going…

        • r0l

          It’s likely a marketing thing. So when people see two phones from HTC and one is running Android 5 and the other is running Android Silver x.x they can differentiate the two assuming Google does a big marketing push for Silver.

          • Justin W

            Sure. I like what Google did with the Experience Launcher, but by doing that it’s in effect preventing all others from using “stock” Android in that they can’t use the same version of Android Google uses (until Silver, I believe), when GEL will be available to more devices (specifically, those Silver handsets).

        • ERIFNOMI

          AOSP has never been all there is to Android anyway. Not everything is or can be open source. It doesn’t have to be two different things.

    • malcmilli

      I would hopefully start to do things that I could do on my PC.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Like what?

        • malcmilli

          3d animation, digital sculpting, after effects, that kinda stuff.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            At that point wouldn’t you also want a bigger screen?

          • malcmilli

            well yeah i have a larger screen at home, but id like to be able to do some stuff on the go. I don’t need a huge screen for every step of the work flow, larger screens just makes the process more efficient.

  • Daniel Walsh

    This is going to be a BEAST!

    • JetRanger

      Might as well start….

      • cjohnson481

        Thank you for actually getting me to laugh out loud with this one. You sir, have made my day.

    • Bryan Mills

      Maybe the 810 is better, but considering the 805 Prime doesnt run that much better than an 801, it’s all the same.

      • Mike Ennamorato

        The 810 will be a huge improvement over the 805, at least in the CPU side of things.

        ARMv8 anyone?