HTC Nexus

It’s looking more and more likely Google is gearing up to ditch its Nexus line for a new Android Silver program. However, a fresh Android Police report suggests that’s not the case regarding the the tablet space. There indeed appears to be a new Nexus slate on the way, and it’s being made by HTC, not Asus, which would be a big change for the lineup.

According to the report, the device is currently known as the HTC Volantis, and will sport a 8.9-inch display with 2048×1440. The render you see above isn’t exact, and might not be the final design. But if it’s anything like what’s shown off above, I’m all for it. The specs sheet says this will sport a 4:3 aspect ratio (another big change), Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, 8-megapixel camera with OIS and “aluminum zero-gap construction with tapered-sides.”

As Android Police notes, the 20148×1440 resolution isn’t 4:3, though that could be taking into account the onscreen software buttons, which takes away from some of the screen real estate. In addition to specs, Android Police also has information about price; the device will apparently be listed for $399 for the 16GB version with the 32GB starting at $499. That would be a pretty substantial change for the Nexus lineup, which currently starts at $229.

Meanwhile, the device is rumored to sport Google’s Android L release (liquorice?), which is currently being pegged for a Q4 2014 release. That means we shouldn’t expect to see this device make an appearance at Google I/O next week. We’ve heard so many rumors suggesting Google is ready to ditch the Nexus program, so let’s not consider this one a foregone conclusion just yet. Still, it seems to be shaping up into a pretty awesome device, so we’ll definitely keep an eye on this one as things progress.