NVIDIA outs “HTC Nexus 9” by name in legal doc
The new Nexus hardware season is approaching, with our eyes not just on a next-gen Nexus smartphone, but an overdue tablet, as well. Our best guesses as of late have zeroed-in on Motorola as a possible manufacture for the phone, but what about the tablet? More than once over the past several months we’ve talked about the idea of HTC building the device, and such rumors had often been accompanied by claims that the slate might run a new NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC. Today we get what may be some of the best evidence to date in favor of that idea, as NVIDIA outright names the Nexus 9 in paperwork filed with the US International Trade Commission.
The document itself is in reference to an NVIDIA effort to enforce its patent holdings, but the juicy bit we’re concerned about today pops-up about three-quarters of the way through this 65-page filing. In discussing applications that the Tegra K1 has found, NVIDIA mentions products we’ve already been aware of, like that Google Project Tango dev unit, before delivering the bombshell: “The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.”
All those “expected”s distance this from being a 100% lock, but it’s still some of the most believable evidence we’ve seen for these HTC Nexus tablet rumors. If it’s indeed accurate, this launch could be just weeks, if not days away, as the third quarter wraps up at the conclusion of September. For what it’s worth, this document appears to have been created just one week ago, suggesting that it’s fairly up to date.
Then again, we have to consider where this info is coming from, and while we don’t see the contents, the statement appears to be supported by NVIDIA’s exhibit 59, a collection of “press articles on NVIDIA Tegra K1 and Tegra 4.” Would it mention such a reference if it didn’t believe it? It’s hard to say, but wouldn’t we love this to be true?