Where were we with the HTC-built Google Nexus 9? Ah, Confusion Town. Population: us. With all these fake renders and creative leaks from over-imaginative 14-year-olds, it’s hard to know what to believe.
For what it’s worth, a Chinese source is speaking up with a whole bunch of Google Nexus 9 specs, giving credence to the notion of the HTC Flounder/Volantis/T1 (ok, enough with the names!) being a premium device with a suitably lofty price tag.
Twitter-based @upleaks (not to be confused with the now-retired @evleaks) kicks off with a tweet saying that the Google Nexus 9 will drop with Android L, but without HTC Sense. Ok, that makes sense for a Nexus device. Next!
Blurting out a ton of Google Nexus 9 specs, we have an 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front shooter, 64-bit Tegra processor, 4GB of RAM (2 x 2GB) and NFC (Near Field Communication), while a Qualcomm-powered variant will offer cellular with LTE.
That all sounds pretty high end to us, and the icing on the premium cake is an 8.9in display with 2560 x 1600 resolution and perhaps a metal body.
Speaking back in March, IHS lady Rhoda Alexander promised CNET the Google Nexus 9 would be a “high performance” tablet; a “lower volume product” with a “premium price tag”.
Expect the Google Nexus 9 (or T1 or Volantis or whatever you want to call it) to touch down in October or thereabouts. Do not expect it to be as cheap as the Google Nexus 7.