Word on the street is that Google’s next Nexus tablet will be a 9 inch model manufactured by HTC. Now @evleaks claims to have the first picture of the tablet… although it’s kind of hard to make out any details in the macro shot of the aluminum panel.
What’s more interesting is his assertion that the tablet will have a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, a 2560 x 1600 pixel display and 64GB of storage. The model being tested also has an unusual 5GB of RAM, although the finished product will probably ship with less memory than that. An earlier report had suggested it would have 2GB.
Update: evleaks, who usually has an excellent track record with leaks says that both the HTC Volantis and OnePlus Tab “leaks” turned out to be hoaxes.
Here are some of the day’s tech news headlines from around the web.
Report: The HTC Volantis will have a Tegra K1 CPU and a WQXGA screen Other details include a 5MP or 8MP camera and HTC Boomsound front-facing speakers. [evleaks] Report: OnePlus Tab is on the way From the makers of the well-received, hard-to-get OnePlus One smartphone, we may soon see a OnePlus Tab Android tablet. Details are scarce, but evleaks has posted a screenshot of a website showing a OnePlus Tab button from a few days ago. [evleaks]
- Google rolls out Play Services 5.0 for Android
Key features include support for wearables, enhancements to Google Play Gmes, Google Cast, and Google Drive, and more. [Android Developers]
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 heading to T-Mobile soon
The 8 inch Android tablet will be available online July 16th and in-stores July 23rd and includes limited “free”4G data when you add it to a Simple Choice plan. [Business Wire]
- Samsung releases Tizen-based TV Software Developer Kit 1.0 beta
There aren’t any TVs that run Samsung’s new Tizen-based operating system yet. But when there are, the company is hoping there will also be third party apps that can run on those TVs. [Samsung D Forum]
- Android L battery life optimizations put to the test… they really seem to work
A Nexus 5, for example, seems to get up to 36% longer battery life (or at least screen on time) with Android L than it does with Android 4.4 KiKat. And Google hasn’t even finished working on Android L yet, so things could get even better (or worse). [Ars Technica]
- New Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 Android tablets hit the FCC
The only differences I can find between these new models and Dell’s existing Android tablets is that the new models seem to feature support for 802.11ac WiFi. There may be other changes which aren’t reflected in the FCC listings though. [FCC]