Have you ever wondered why manufacturers use codenames? The answer seems pretty obvious – to keep curious folks off sensitive details before a device goes official. However, in this time and day when news travels faster than light, a simple codename is not enough to keep a smartphone or a tablet a secret. How about two codenames for one device? Nope, won’t work either. That’s how we learnt that a certain HTC tablet, which goes by the name Flounder and Volantis, could be the long rumored Nexus 9. Better yet, last week the slate passed Wi-Fi certification.
Did Nexus 9 just passed Wi-Fi certification?
Made by HTC Corporation, the tablet received Wi-Fi certification on August 15th and it was filed in the “Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)” section which means that it will be available not only with Wi-Fi but also with cellular (LTE) connectivity. The leaked document also reveals multiple SKUs (stock keeping units) and that fact hints at more than one version, possibly referring to different storage and color options. The filing also confirms that the OS of choice will be Android version L – a perfect choice for the next Nexus tablet.
Those three details are all that we can deduce from the document; however, we know a little bit more about the Flounder thanks to previous rumors. The tablet is expected to have a screen that measure 8.9 inches, with resolution of 2048 x 1440 pixels, which would work out to a pixel density of 281 ppi. Under the hood we will possibly find a 64-bit Tegra K1 CPU paired with 2 GB of RAM and either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage. Pricing could be set at $399 and $499, respectively.
Whether the Flounder slash Volantis is the much anticipated Nexus 9 yet remains to be seen. Everything seems to point to the fact that indeed it is, but we wouldn’t bet our boots on that just yet. However, at this point there is no doubt that HTC has a new tablet in the works and given the frequency of leaks, it won’t be long until it arrives to the market. Android L is due to go official sometime this fall and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Flounder was announced around the same time.
source: Wi-Fi Alliance