Nexus 8 / Nexus 9 / HTC Volantis Rumor Round Up: Google, HTC Said to be Working Several Other Devices

Google is allegedly working on a 9-inch tablet–with rumors saying it could either be the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9. But a report from a leaker website said the firms are working on two other devices.

An image that was released that purportedly showed a coming Nexus device turned out to be fake. Evleaks a few days ago said, “Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12.”

While Evleaks and a few other sites have said it will be called the Nexus 9, the Android Police also said the HTC Volantis, as previously mentioned, will be called the Nexus 8.

“HTC has not launched a new Android tablet in years – the company had two such devices in stores in 2011, including the Flyer (pictured above) and Jetstream that few Android users may remember – but it’s apparently planning a big comeback,” writes BGR. And KnowYourMobile notes  that the Nexus 8 moniker was found on the Chromium Code Review by German developers. The code shows that the next tablet likely will be called the Nexus 8, and the device is 8.9-inches.

Rhoda Alexander with IHS Technology told CNET in March that the device will be “high-performance.”

“Volume production is expected to start in July or August,” she told the website. “The expectation is [that] this will be a lower volume product, carrying a premium price tag to support the specifications.”

Alexander said she’s not sure about the price of the device, but she said it’s likely not going to be ” higher than $299.”

Here’s the specs on the device, per KnowYourMobile:

8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 (281ppi)
NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
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)