HTC rumored to release Sense-running version of Nexus 9 tablet
We’ve spent the past few days looking at quite a few different phones that may soon go public at an April 8 HTC event in China: the One M9+, One E9, and One E9+. Looking past those, what’s next for HTC? Even more phones? A new rumor suggests that the manufacturer may be about to introduce a new tablet, and it’s one that sure sounds a heck of a lot like the Nexus 9.
Supposedly HTC is working on a tablet designated as the T1H, and could be ready to launch it in China as soon as May. Of the leaked specifications we’ve seen, a large number of them align nearly perfectly with the Nexus 9: physical size, display, battery capacity, RAM and storage options, stereo BoomSound speakers – all point-for-point matches with the Nexus 9.
We suppose if we’re splitting hairs, the Nexus 9 is 7.95mm thick, while the T1H is described as 7.88mm – but that’s so close we’re not even sure if it’s an actual difference, and not just an effect of how the tablet’s being measured. But other than that, how would these models differ?
The T1H is expected to be powered by an Allwinner H8 SoC, rather than a NVIDIA chip. That’s an octa-core A7-based component with PowerVR SGX544 GPU, which launched last fall. Positioned as a low-cost SoC for budget tablets, we’re not expecting a ton from it performance-wise.
The other major change would be software, and instead of stock Android, the T1H would run Sense 7.0 atop Android Lollipop.
Both WiFi-only and LTE versions of the tablet are rumored.