Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus device have swirled for some time, but only recently have details of a next-generation tablet started to become apparent. Not long after NVIDIA inadvertently leaked that the Taiwanese company is linking up with Google to launch the Nexus 9, the Wall Street Journal has added even more credibility to reports by stating that HTC engineers have been regularly flying to Google’s Mountain View HQ in order to finalize the 9-inch device.
When HTC announced it’d be holding an early October media event, last week, the firm didn’t give much away about its purpose.
The tag-line ‘Double Exposure’ led intrigued parties to speculate over another Duo Camera smartphone or perhaps new lens accessories or software tools, but there was no dead giveaway.
However, reports on Monday claimed the event will actually see the launch of the long-rumoured HTC Nexus 9 tablet, previously known by its Volantis codename.
The tablet, which is expected to pack the brand new Nvidia Tegra K1 desktop class processor, is scheduled to be the latest Google-branded Nexus tablet running the purest version of Android. That means without the HTC Sense UI.
Today’s report comes from Portuguese site 4GNews, citing a leak from the HTC manufacturing plant in Brazil.
When it’s not producing flagship phones like the One (M8) or the Butterfly 2, HTC is flooding the rest of the market with several Desire models. These devices vary anywhere from midrange (like the Desire 816, released in February) to low-end (the Desire 210), and everywhere in-between. This week, the company is launching another model called the Desire 820, which is geared towards the former group — in fact, HTC says this is meant to replace the six-month-old 816. But with a few better specs and an octa-core chipset with 64-bit compatibility, it’s hard to blame Peter Chou and his army of design-oriented individuals for coming out with another one so soon.
In case you’ve wondered what a flagship Android phone would look like if it ran Windows Phone, it looks like you’ll get your chance to find out. This morning, HTC officially announced that the One M8 is getting a twin brother, complete with Microsoft’s OS. Make that identical twin: The Windows Phone M8 has the same smooth aluminum shell, same rounded corners, same 5-inch, 1080p display.
Word around the ol’ rumor mill was that HTC was working on a version of their flagship HTC One (M8) that ran Windows Phone instead of Android.
Sure enough, an image hidden away on Verizon’s servers (as spotted by PCMag) seems to confirm it. Thats certainly the face of the HTC One, and that’s most certainly Windows Phone. The name of the image itself is even “HTC_M8_Windows”.
Details have emerged concerning the HTC Volantis, a 9-inch tablet that could well be the last Nexus tablet ever made.
Reports have emerged in recent months that Google is set to scrap the Nexus program in favour of multiple stock Android devices from various manufacturers, called Android Silver Phones.
But the Nexus brand could be set for one final tablet hurrah in the form of the Nexus 9 (not the Nexus 8), which may well be made by HTC.
Rumours of the so-called HTC Volantis aren’t new to us, but Android Police recently published some specs for the device.
According to sources, the Volantis will feature an 8.9-inch display with a 2048 x 1440 resolution, which will be good for 281ppi.
As we’ve heard before, the Volantis/Nexus 9 may well be powered by a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which will be backed by 2GB of RAM. That seems to tie in nicely with rumours that the next version of Android is set to be 64-bit.
Sprint recently introduced the Harman and Kardon special edition of the HTC One M8 and all I could think was, “Poor Sprint”. You see, all of the changes are simply software tweaks and, because of that, it isn’t that hard for a crafty developer to get a hold of those changes and tweak them to work on other versions of the same device.
Offering a similar design to the highly rated HTC One M8, but with a smaller size and more modest specs, the HTC One Mini 2 takes its place as the mid-range champion of the HTC range.
Externally you get a similar metallic unibody design to the aforementioned One M8, but the area immediately surrounding the screen glass is of a somewhat less premium plastic material.
Speaking of the display, out goes the HTC One M8’s 5-inch 1080p unit and in comes a 4.5-inch 720p variant. This produces a pixel density of 326ppi, which might be significantly lower than its big brother, but is identical to the premium-priced iPhone 5S.
HTC’s latest flagship device, the One M8, is one of the best Android smartphones now available on the market, but what would happen to it if Google stripped the phone of some of its customizations? That’s essentially what the Google Play edition of the new One offers. Plunk down $699 and you’ll have access to an unlocked and (mostly) unadulterated version of the M8 with stock Android 4.4 (also known as KitKat).
Of course, we’ve been curious to see what will happen to the features that make the new One unique. HTC told us that the Google Play edition will be able to take advantage of the Duo Camera, for instance, but does it still offer the same functionality? Additionally, can we use the Motion Launch gestures to wake up the phone and access different features? And how about that clever Dot View case that comes in so handy on the Sense version? Look no further for the answers.