Various rumors have pointed to the Nexus 10 getting replaced by a new HTC-made Google device sometime this year.
The name and specifications for this new tablet were finally confirmed in a new report. Android Police spotted the slate under its codename Volantis and discovered that it will feature some pretty high-end specs with an aluminum body. It also stated that Volantis is referred to as the Nexus 9 inside of Google.
Specs on the tablet include a 8.9-inch display with 2048 x 1440 resolution at 281 ppi, a Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB of storage, a rear 8-megapixel camera, a front 3-megapixel camera, front facing stereo speakers, and an aluminum exterior.
Android Police believes the device will launch alongside the L release of Android during Q4 2014 and will start at $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, and $499 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. The LTE versions will be slightly more expensive.
Google plans to replace the Nexus line with the Android Silver program during the next few years which means that this could be the last Nexus tablet to be released. There is no word of a successor to the Nexus 5 smartphone at this time.
Nexus devices are popular with Android enthusiasts because they run pure versions of the Google software, receive official updates first, and feature pretty low price tags unlocked. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 were extremely successful handsets for Google and the Nexus 7 tablet basically busted the smaller slate line wide open.
The Nexus 10 has been out for around two years with no successor for it being released in 2013. Samsung made the original version and this recently spotted HTC tablet seems to be the closest thing to a new model for the line.