HTC Nexus 9 tablet tipped with Tegra inside

Aug 8, 2014
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HTC Nexus 9 tablet tipped with Tegra inside

This week we’re hearing more about the next generation of Nexus tablet greatness, the Nexus 9. This device (codenamed Flounder/Volantis) is set to replace the soon-to-be-empty spot in Google Play with a machine that closely resembles the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. This begins with HTC manufacturing and ends with a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra SoC.

This device would have a 9-inch display - unusual as not many tablets have chosen to roll with such a display size in the past. The SHIELD Tablet works with an 8-inch display sitting at 1920 x 1200 pixels - we wouldn’t be surprised if this Nexus tablet had the same resolution, IPS LCD technology included.

See our full NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet Review right this minute for a whole lot more insight

Inside it’s also suggested that the HTC Nexus 9 will roll with 4GB of RAM. That’s madness, right? @UpLeaks suggests there could be either 4GB or 2GB of RAM, either way Elpida providing in 2GB or 2GBx2.

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NFC will be included, GPS inside as well as Android L. This will be the birthplace of native Android L with vanilla flavoring. That means nude - no HTC skins over the top.

The 64-bit Tegra system-on-chip (processor, if you prefer) would be referring to Tegra K1 Denver. This is the 64-bit version of the processor you’ll find in the SHIELD Tablet. Have a peek at our Tegra K1 Denver article from all the way back in January of 2014 to see what this is all about. You’ll also want to have a peek at the following video for more information on Tegra K1.

The strange part of this leak is the modem. It’s suggested by UpLeaks that this device will come with a MDM9x25 modem - that’s made by Qualcomm to work alongside an NVIDIA SoC. Stay tuned as we continue to investigate the possibilities here further.

UPDATE: The 4G LTE modem on the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet is made by NVIDIA. It’s possible - however VERY unlikely - that a Tegra K1 Denver SoC would be paired with a Qualcomm modem.

The same source here suggests that the device at hand will come with an 8-megapixel IMX219 camera at its back (that’s Sony-made) with a single-LED flash. The front, he says, will come with 1.6-megapixels and a model number OV970.


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