A recent massive leak suggested that Google and HTC were at work on a beastly followup tablet to last year’s Nexus 7, and that set the wheels in motion for what will likely be a near-endless stream of leaks from now until the announcement of the alleged device. We’re now learning that in a promotional image for Android L featured by Google, the company may have just shown off an HTC Nexus 9 render. Let’s take a look.
There are a few things that tell us that this is not the Nexus 7 of yesteryear. First and foremost, it’s the front-facing speakers (only one pictured here). This is reminiscent of HTC’s BoomSound, and was mentioned as a part of the latest Nexus 9 leak. No Nexus device other than the Nexus 10, which this is most definitely not, has featured front-facing speakers.
The second thing is the front-facing camera. In this render, it’s centered on the left side of the tablet. On the Nexus 7 2013, it’s off-center and to the right — which would translate to higher up on this picture — meaning that no, this isn’t the Nexus 7 2013.
Finally, the size of the alleged HTC Nexus 9 render tips us off. The current-gen Nexus 7 2013 is not taller than a Nexus 5 when turned sideways, and this device clearly is.
Keep in mind that this could technically be a terrible render fail (like the Nexus 5 pictured, to a lesser extent), or Google could simply be trolling us. We’re thinking this is the real deal though, just as a Google video leaked the Nexus 5 before the official unveiling last year.