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The HTC Volantis is set to be the next Google Nexus tablet

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There have been rumors of a new Nexus tablet for some time, and with Google's annual I/O conference right around the corner, many people expect Google to announce a successor to the popular Nexus 7 tablet. A new report that was posted to Android Police on June 21 has just shed some light on the new device for the first time.

While ASUS made the last two Nexus devices, it seems that this time Google has decided to partner with Taiwanese giant HTC. The new Nexus tablet had previously been known as Flounder, but the reports suggest that going forward the tablet will be called the Volantis.

The name of the new device really is not that important, but what's hiding under the hood is. The Volantis will be a slight break from the normal Nexus design philosophy of being feature packed and reasonably priced, and the specifications of the new tablet will surely raise some eyebrows.

The Volantis will feature a 8.9-inch display which will have a resolution of 2040x1440 (281 pixels per inch), and it will be clad in a one piece, zero-gap aluminum case, much like the recently launched HTC One M8. The tablet will be powered by the very impressive NVIDIA Logan 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, and will feature 2GB of RAM. The main camera will have a 8-megapixel sensor, while the front facing shooter will have a 3-megapixel sensor. In true HTC fashion, the new Nexus tablet will feature front facing (possibly Boom Sound) speakers, and will come with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

The 8.9-inch Volantis will weigh in at just 427g (14.75 ounces), and will be available with either Wi-Fi or LTE connectivity. The size of the screen is the most interesting specification here as it sits right between the current Nexus 7, and the larger Nexus 10. The prices of the tablet will reportedly start out at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version, with the 32GB LTE tablet potentially reaching upwards of $600. These prices will put the new Nexus device firmly in the same ball park as the iPad Mini and iPad Air, which is territory Google has always wanted to steer clear of.

The design of the HTC Volantis is yet to be finalized, and experts are not expecting the new tablet to be released before Q4 of 2014. While Google might mention and could possibly show a prototype at next week's I/O conference, the tablet will certainly not be available for sale any time soon.