HTC Volantis tipped with a Snapdragon 810, 5GB RAM, 64GB storage, BoomSound, and more


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Rumors of a new HTC-made Nexus tablet — codenamed HTC Volantis — began to escalate recently after a mysterious tablet (picture above) appeared in Google’s official Material design images. Carrying a nondescript form factor, the only standout feature we noticed was what appeared to be a large front facing speaker towards the top, something HTC is all too familiar with in their devices.

Despite initial rumors suggesting this HTC Volantis (Nexus 9?) would launch carrying rather modest specs, along came @evleaks today throwing everyone for a loop. Mr. Leaks revealed a rather unbelievable assortment of specs and even more puzzling “leaked macro image” of the tablet, showing half a camera and some watermarks, one of which reads “Android Silver OS Alpha 1.4.” For the processor, the Volantis prototype is allegedly using a Snapdragon 810 CPU during its testing phase, with the final model switching over to a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 in the future.

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There’s also mention of a aluminum unibody design, 5GB of non-final RAM (overkill?), and an 8.9-inch 2560×1600 display (prototype is using a 1680×1050 display), 64GB of internal storage, and a 5MP camera (although it could ship with an 8MP shooter). Of course, HTC’s trademark BoomSound stereo front facing speakers were mentioned and while the image above looks pretty official, @evleaks mentions earlier renders being “fake.”

It’s a pretty big pill to swallow. If @evleaks “leaked” specs hold true, this tablet could be one of the most powerful 9-inch tablets to ever hit the market, easily rivaling the best from Apple, Samsung, or any other manufacturer for that matter. Can’t wait to see how this one develops. Anyone thinking this might be their next Android tab?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. 5GB? Dayum.

    1. With vanilla Android? More like Daaaaayuuuuuum.

  2. 5GB of RAM means a 64bit SoC is required, otherwise it’s a total waste…I personally don’t believe it

    1. Derp, 64 bit cpu. Snapdragon 810 and Tegra K1 are both 64 bit. How about you read the article and maybe Google those chips before you derp, mkay?

    2. What Yar said… plus there has been quite a bit of talk about Android making the switch to 64 bit for a while now as it is pushing the limits of what 32 can do. It is a logical upgrade to the OS.

  3. 5 GB Ram – are you serious? This will be a full blown development machine!

    1. Looks like that’s exactly what the 5GB is being used for. I’d expect something much more practical (and wallet friendly) like 3GB or so.

  4. WoW! If this is true then im in!

  5. I told myself I was not going to buy another tablet. If the specs are correct above, and the price is right, I’ll be getting this one for sure!

    1. With specs like that the price come cheap.

  6. Multitasking for days.

    If this is true I will wait for the competition Samsung provides. This kind of hardware with the kind of display used in the Tab S would be amazing.

  7. Seems a bit overspec’d to be a Nexus, but if it is… I’ll take 2.

    1. More like overspece’d in general nexus devices are bleeding edge save for one or two minor ish cuts, which most other flagships also have.

  8. I want these specs in a phone.

    1. soooo you want an 8.9 inch screen on your phone? ;)

      1. Yes!

  9. April fools was like 3 months ago.

  10. I just creamed my pants a little. No shame.

  11. What am I looking at, it looks like an aluminum slab … The ms paint blue circle, and thick black diagonal line? Or the shadow of what’s taking the pic under the words evleaks, where does it say Android silver … so lost

  12. never too much ram, though at 5gb, it would need to be a 64bit os, and all

    1. As mentioned in the above comments both mentioned processors would be 64but

  13. If it this is true then I would love for this to be my next tablet.

  14. evleaks also claimed Nexus was ending and a few other things.

  15. Yeah…this is fake

  16. I’ll believe this when it is actually announced. Rumors are still rumors.

  17. If the purported specs are true (including K1), it if a definite purchase for me… They wouldn’t even need to upgrade the camera, and 4GB of memory would be enough as well.

    As long as I can have a 64 bit processor, 4Gb of memory, 64+ GB of storage, and Android L; I’m in.

  18. Wish it was just a quad core version like Snapdragon 801 instead of 8 core. This concept isn’t good in Exynos and this concept led S4 users into huge disappoint in India and also it affected S5 sales very badly. Hope there will be future versions only with 4 core.

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