Rumor: Nexus 9 coming next quarter with Tegra K1 inside

The Internet rumor factory knows no respite. On Saturday, while the rest of us were enjoying the spoils of the latest Steam sale, Android Police posted an intriguing story about what may be Google's next Nexus tablet.

According to Android Police, the device is being made by HTC, is known alternatively as Volantis (its code name) or Nexus 9 (its prospective retail name), and is powered by one of Nvidia's Tegra K1 processors, which have remained elusive thus far outside of the odd Chinese tablet.

The Nexus 9 is supposed to have an 8.9" display with a bizarro 2048x1440 resolution, which corresponds to no aspect ratio on this side of the galaxy—to my knowledge, at least. Android Police explains away the weirdness by saying the device is really supposed to have a 4:3 aspect ratio, and the listed resolution may account for pixels lost to Android's buttons and status bar. Hmm.

Other rumored specs of note: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage capacity (with a 32GB option), optional LTE connectivity, aluminum construction, 0.31" thickness.

Android Police seems adamant that its info is legit. "This information won't be treated as a rumor," the site says, "since we feel confident in our information, and we've heard about Volantis from multiple sources as early as Q1 2014. This is one of the rare instances where we will be sharing a source image." (The site's image, which you can see here, shows what looks like a 1.39:1 aspect ratio, which corresponds neither to 4:3 nor to the quoted resolution.)

This isn't our first time hearing whispers of a larger Nexus slate due some time this year, so maybe Android Police isn't all that far off the mark here. Still, I'd take all this with a healthy helping of salt, at least for now.

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