Rumors by Luke Jones on Sunday June 22, 2014.
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The Nexus brand is up in the air at the moment, at least from a smartphone perspective. Google is likely to ditch the Nexus brand for Android Silver early next year, so last year?s Nexus 5 may be the last smartphone bearing the name. However, the Nexus tablet range still has some steam left in it and we can expect to see some new slates from Google towards the end of the year.It is likely that a Nexus 7 will arrive in the coming months, and could even make a surprise appearance at I/O this week. There will also be a completely new Nexus tablet before 2014 closes, one that has been built by smartphone giant HTC. Google is eager to join the 8-inch tablet club alongside the iPad Mini, LG G Pad, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX, and the Samsung Galaxy S Tab. Reportedly HTC has been given the task of making a tablet to compete with those illustrious rivals and the slate in the image is apparently the result. The so called HTC Volantis will be the first tablet the Taiwanese brand has ever made, so it is probably good that it comes with the established Nexus brand. We are not 100% that these renders are the real deal, but if you take a look you will see that the Volantis looks suspiciously like the iPad Mini, especially from the front. Round the back though it is pure Nexus, and we hope that translates to affordability too, although early reports peg the device at a whopping $399 for the entry level. In terms of specs, the HTC Volantis is said to pack an 8.9-inch 2048x1440 display, a NVIDIA Logan 64-bit processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and front facing stereo speakers. Suspicious yet? If you take a look at the main image, you will see that the so-called Volantis in this picture is lacking front facing stereo speakers. Of course, that raises a few flags for us, but we will wait to see if this leak holds up to further scrutiny. One thing is for sure, we are really looking forward to HTC's tablet as the company makes some quality hardware. source: Android Police