There’s been no shortage of Nexus tablet rumours in recent weeks and it appears that at least some of them have panned out. As rumoured, HTC scored the contract and there’s a new Nvidia chip inside.
Android Police has the scoop, in the form of a few leaked images, backed by the spec. The codename of the new Nexus tablet is Volantis, but it is expected to end up the Nexus brand, as the Nexus 8 or Nexus 9.
The tablet has an 8.9-inch, 2048x1440 display (2048x1536 minus UI bars). The tablet features aluminium zero-gap construction with tapered sides and coming from HTC, build quality should be bulletproof. It has 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel main camera backed by a 3-megapixel unit at the front. It is 7.9mm thick, making it a bit thicker than the Nexus 7, but then again it is an aluminium design. It is not the lightest tablet around, either. At 418g it is close to some 10-inchers.
The processor running the show comes from Nvidia. It is a Denver chip, i.e. a Tegra K1 64-bit. There is no word on the clocks though. This fact also means the tablet will launch with an all new Android build, with full 64-bit support. In addition to two custom 64-bit CPU cores, the chip also features 192 CUDA cores, courtesy of the Kepler-based GPU.
The beefy GPU can be used for a few clever things aside from games. Google already used the Tegra K1 in the Project Tango tablet. However, this appears to have been a 32-bit implementation. The HTC Volantis will be the first device to sport the 64-bit version of the chip.
However, although this looks like a legit leak from a reputable source, please take it with a grain of salt. The tablet is not official yet and we would like to get multiple source confirmation, which is still lacking.