The 2014 Google IO developer conference kicks off Wednesday in San Francisco - and so far, it promises to be one of the popular events of this year. It is widely expected that Google will officially unveil new hardware products, alongside the updated version of Android OS, likely to be known as Android 4.5
Notably, there has been a lot of media hype about the next-gen tablet under the Nexus series. While we might never get to know about the Nexus 6 and its fate, however, now it seems that Google may reveal the Nexus 8.9 tablet at this year's IO 2014.
Yes, you heard that right! Software giant Google could showcase the HTC-made Nexus 9 at its annual developer conference on June 25 in San Francisco. Just ahead of Google IO 2014, a sensational report from Android Police claims the arrival of Nexus 8.9. And for a change, the Nexus 8.9 will be produced by HTC, instead of Taiwan's Asus.
As reported by Android Police, HTC is working an 8.9-inch tablet codenamed the Flounder or Volantis. The tablet's display will have a resolution of 2048 x 1440 pixels, a 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU , 2GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, an 8MP rear-facing camera with OIS feature and a 3MP front-facing shooter.
The HTC-made tablet will have zero gap aluminum construction and stereo front-facing speakers. The report does carry some weight, in fact, other rumors in the past have mentioned HTC Volantis tablet.
Android Police's report suggests that the tablet will cost $399 ( about Rs. 24,000) for 16GB and $499 ( about Rs. 30,000) for 32GB, alongside an expensive LTE variant. The Nexus 8.9 tablet is said to be released in Q4. This simply means that it is unlikely to see the new device at Google IO 2014.
If you are not convinced with the leaked spec sheet of the HTC Nexus 8.9, make sure to check out the alleged image of the device found above.
In the meanwhile, here are the top 5 rumors you should know about the next-gen Google Nexus tablet. Take a closer look in the sliders below!
IHS Technology, a technology consultancy company, told CNET that Google might release a large screen Nexus tablet later in the year with a "high performance" screen. The tablet is rumored to be entering production in July this year but will be made in much smaller volumes than the original Nexus 7
Rhoda Alexander from IHS Technology told CNET she "would not be surprised if it is higher than $299." Are you interested in buying the Nexus 8 tablet at such a high price?
Not long ago, some rare images of the Nexus 8 were published on Mydrivers.com. Those leaked images revealed a wrapped Nexus 8 in an outer case. The website also provided a few other details in respect to the Nexus 8: it will come with a Qualcomm 64-bit ARM processor, coupled with 3GB of RAM, and it will run on the Android 4.5 OS.
A website of repute notes that according to folks over at tech site Myce, they noticed details on Chromium, a Google site dedicated to tracking bugs in the Chrome browser. At the very bottom of the page, one can see google/volantis/flounder under the builder fingerprint. The code name of "flounder" suggests that Google is testing a Nexus product
The Google I/O Conference will be held on June 25-26, where we can expect the formal unveiling of the rumored Nexus 8.9. Although there are no concrete details available about the next-gen Nexus tablet; it is widely expected that it would be right time to see the coming of age Android tablets.