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HTC Source | February 21, 2018

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HTC Nexus 9 rumor roundup

HTC Nexus 9 rumor roundup

With only a few days to o before the HTC built Nexus 9’s rumored unveiling, we thought we’d dig back through our archive and piece together all the leaks and rumors about the fabled device. The HTC Nexus tablet rumors started floating around in February of this year when a reporter form Taiwan revealed that Google and HTC were teaming up to build a “high-end” Nexus tablet with a Q3 launch date. Several days later, a new report claimed that HTC has been approached by Google in 2012 to build the Nexus 7, but HTC declined the offer. Over the next few months, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the size of the Nexus tablet that HTC was to build of Google. The sizes of the HTC Nexus table ranged from 10 inches to 8 inches before settling for a happy medium  of 8.9-inches.

After that, various code names for the HTC Nexus tablet started flying (Volantis, Flounder, T1) along with a long list of detailed specs – confirming the initial “high-end’ tablet rumor. The spec details of the Nexus 9 flip flopped a few times, but the detailed list below should be very close to what will be included in the final product.

HTC Nexus 9 rumored Specs

  • 8.9-inch 2048×1440 (281 ppi) display with a 4:3 aspect ration
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor
  • 2 or 4GB of RAM
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • 8MP OIS main camera, 3MP front facing camera
  • Zero-gap construction
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • Size: 8.91 x 5.98 x 0.31 inches
  • Weights: 418g (or 427g with LTE)

The HTC Nexus 9 rumors started heating up in August with details about LTE and GMS network support and the first rumored launch windows which was set to expire on October 9. Soon, the official WiFi and FCC certification documents began to surface and we even got a detailed look at the Nexus 9’s Bluetooth Keyboard folio case thanks to China’s NCC. From there, the tablet’s back side was shows off in the only know picture of the device and the launch date was revised to October 15 with an expected $399 price tag.

We only have a few days to go before October 15 is here. Google has traditionally unveiled its new tablets at press events, but we could just see an announcement which includes pricing and the actual retail day. When we were in New York last week for the HTC Desire Eye launch event, there was a rumor going around that Google wasn’t quite ready to unveil Android L – implying that the Nexus 9 tablet launch may be postponed, but we have no substantial evidence to back up that claim.

Based on all the rumors, are you planning to buy the HTC Nexus tablet?

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. JamesJ

    After playing with an iPad mini retina and having a hard time going back to my original nexus 7, I am quite looking forward to an 8.9 inch 4.3 aspect ratio android device.