Since Google appears to have foregone releasing an update to the Nexus 7 line-up and rumours began to emerge of a HTC built Nexus 9 – codenamed Volantis/Flounder, the Android world has been waiting for more information. Since the rumoured release date for the tablet was around October/November, the expectations for more information has been low, but maybe, just maybe the Nexus 9 may have just surfaced briefly in Korea.
The Korean equivalant to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Radio Research Agency (RRA), has just certified a tablet made by HTC, which also carries a model # associated previously with Volantis/Flounder. Last month, retiring internet leaker evleaks, posted a picture of the rear of a tablet with the words ‘Flounder’ and ‘0P8210000’ clearly on the rear.
As you can see, the listing on the RRA doesn’t have a huge amount of detail on the device beyond the description :
(Wireless device for wireless access systems including wireless LAN) using specific low power wireless devices)
So with that description, it’s obviously not a 3G/LTE version. But that wouldn’t preclude another model being certified down the track.
Whether this is the rumoured Nexus 9 or not is another issue, perhaps HTC is just making a tablet with a Nexus-like codename. We have a fair while to wait, but the rumoured specs are still looking pretty good :
- 8.9″ Display at 2048×1440 (281ppi)
- NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor (Tegra K1)
- 2GB RAM
- 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)
The Nexus 9 (Volantis/Flounder) is rumoured to launch in the later part of the year, most likely around the October/November time frame we normally see a new Nexus phone. So, just a little longer to wait.
Is this the Nexus 9? Will you buy a Nexus 9 or would you prefer a Nexus 7 (2014)?