There have been persistent rumors that Google and HTC are collaborating on a mid-size tablet, and these have now essentially been confirmed, thanks to the chip maker Nvidia.
“The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1,” the document states.
What We Know So Far
To be part of the Nexus series, the tablet will have to run a nearly “stock” version of Android. It will also receive operating system upgrades much faster than rival tablets.
Given its name, it’s clear this device will have a 9-inch display – the Nexus 7 series has 7-inch screens, and the Nexus 10 has a 10-inch one. This will make it the first 9-inch model in the Nexus line.
The Nvidia Tegra K1 is a graphics-intensive processor and has 192 Kepler graphics cores. The 32-bit model is powered by a quad-core 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU, while the 64-bit model runs on a dual-core CPU based on the ARMv8 architecture.
Google is going to introduce Android L, a new version of its mobile operating system, this fall. The company has said in the past that it always develops a reference model for new versions of the OS, and each of these is released as part of the Nexus line. The Nexus 9 is likely to be this device for Android L.
One of the most significant features of the upcoming version of this operating system is support for 64-bit processors. This makes it likely that the HTC Nexus 9 will use the 64-bit version of the Tegra K1.
What the Rumors Say
Earlier unconfirmed reports indicate that 9-inch screen on HTC’s next tablet will have a resolution of 1920 x 1280 (Full HD).
It will allegedly run Android L with 3 GB of RAM, though some rumors point to 4 GB. It includes 16 GB of internal storage, though a version with more is possible. A microSD slot that will support up to 128 GB cards will be included, and the device will supposedly be bundled with 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage for 2 years.
HTC is having a press event on Oct. 8. The focus of this will supposedly be a new external camera for smartphones, but it’s possible the HTC Nexus 9 will also be unveiled as well. On the other hand, it might debut at a separate event, if Google decides to have one to celebrate the launch of Android L.