News by Luke Jones on Saturday August 23, 2014.
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We have known for some time that HTC is making a tablet, but it has been a long time coming as the so called Volantis seems to have been on the verge of launching for several months. If any further confirmation was needed that this slate is real and is imminent, then a new Wi-Fi certification for a HTC tablet should seal the deal.The certification shows that the slate will run Android L, which sounds about right as the HTC Volantis is almost certainly going to be Google's new Nexus tablet. It is almost a nailed on fact that HTC is building the Nexus 8, and that Volantis is merely the codename for the device. There were hints that the Nexus 8 would be unveiled at Google's I/O conference two months ago, but it did not make an appearance. HTC will be at IFA in a week's time, but the company is thought to be detailing a smart watch at the event and will not launch Volantis. That stands to reason, because if Volantis is the Nexus 8 then it is not really HTC's to launch. It will be Google rolling out the slate, so the question is when will HTC's oft talked about tablet arrive? The Wi-Fi certification seems to confirm that the slate will be running Android L, the latest version of Google's mobile platform. That software release is scheduled to land during the fall and it stands to reason that Google will launch its Nexus devices alongside the L release. That means we can expect the HTC Nexus 8 tablet and indeed Motorola's Nexus 6 smartphone to arrive then, although there is still no confirmed date. The HTC Volantis will be the highest end Nexus tablet yet, far more advanced and premium than the current budget Nexus 7. It is rumoured that HTC will make the slate from metal, much like the company's HTC One smartphone flagship, while it will also feature a slew of high end specs. That will include HTC's BoomSound front facing stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Unlike previous Nexus tablets that have occupied the budget end of the market, the Nexus 8 is expected to be more premium and match slates like the iPad Mini Retina and Samsung Galaxy Tab S range.
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