Out of all the new products and announcements Google made during its I/O developers conference last month, many were surprised that the company failed to mention its highly anticipated Nexus 8 tablet.
Now, a new report claims HTC is preparing to unveil the Nexus 7 successor, along with two other Android tablets.
The report, which came from the usually dependable @evleaks Twitter account, suggests that the next Nexus tablet — apparently called Nexus 9, rather than Nexus 8 —may actually be 9 inches, and not 8, as previously predicted. The tablet is also supposedly known by the code names “Volantis” and “Flounder.”
Details surrounding the other two HTC tablets — the T7 and T12 — are even less certain, as this is the first time we’ve heard anything about them. The numbers 7 and 12 could be a reference to their respective screen sizes, though this may not be the case, as the upcoming Nexus 9 has reportedly been assigned the T1 model number.
@evleaks did not say when we could expect the tablets to launch, but it’s possible the rollout may coincide with the launch of operating system Android L, which is expected later this year. This would be in line with previous reports that pegged the tablet’s release for “some time between July and September.”
The upcoming devices would be the first time HTC has manufactured tablets for Google’s Nexus line, though the company created the first Nexus One smartphone for Google in 2010.