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Earlier last month, we posted an exclusive story about Google's explorations into a product called "Workshop," which would allow users to customize snap-on cases and live wallpapers for their Nexus phones. The effort would be a major step-up in what has historically been an inconsistent lineup of accessories for Google's devices.

From information made available to us, it appears Google plans to continue upping the offerings when HTC's nine-inch Nexus tablet becomes official. According to our information, the tablet (for now known simply as Flounder or Volantis) will have a range of official accessories from HTC.

On August 30th, Upleaks tweeted that HTC's tablet (referred to as T1) would have a magic cover (with leather or TPU options) and a keyboard folio, which aligns with what we've seen. Today, however, we have a bit more information about the keyboard folio specifically.

Disclaimer: No matter the confidence level, there's always a chance product updates, features, and some or all details will be changed or cancelled altogether. As with all rumors, nothing is 100% until it's officially announced.

We do not have possession of any APKs we can distribute or unreleased devices, so please don't ask for them.

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The image above is not terribly descriptive of the final product, but the information provided to us does furnish some details about what we're looking at. Like Apple's smart cover, the segmented areas of the cover flap will fold up into a triangle using magnets, supporting the tablet while it is propped up to use the keyboard. When not in use, the tablet will evidently nest into the case on top of the keyboard, with the segmented flap lying over the screen (the magnets will also automatically wake/lock the screen like current covers).

The keyboard is expected to use Bluetooth 4.0 to pair with the tablet, initiating the pairing process using an embedded NFC chip.

Interestingly, the keyboard is also expected to have an onboard 450mAh battery. The charging port will apparently be located in the hinge, as shown below, while there will be an indicator light on the opposite side of the hinge for charging/pairing status.

Update: It's likely that the onboard battery will be used to power the keyboard itself rather than the tablet.

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Overall, the accessory measures approximately 228 x 320 x 5 mm, making it a very thin keyboard. The actual keys are apparently around 3mm high, and it seems that the key pitch is around 15mm, making the layout just marginally more cramped than a standard keyboard, jamming in a standard QWERTY layout plus "Android function keys."

As seen in the image above, the part of the accessory that would actually cover the tablet's screen measures about 228 x 153 mm, which should give us a rough idea of how big the tablet itself will be. Using these dimensions, I've created a basic sketch of what Volantis may look like next to the current-generation Nexus 7.

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And of course another sketch, showing the tablet and its keyboard cover accessory.

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The existence of an official keyboard case combined with the tablet's alleged 4:3 aspect ratio could signal that Google wants to make a stronger push to sell tablets as productivity devices, more than simply portals to Google Play content. As with any leak, anything can change before release, but we shouldn't have too much longer to wait for official word.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The longest wait ever continues.

    • YouNex

      Yup, since July, that hurts :'(

      • http://www.lettersfromdave.com daveloft

        I've been waiting since last fall for a new Android tablet. Was hoping for a Nexus 10 successor. This looks like the closest thing to it.

        • CasperTFG

          Why 9 inches though. Come on Google, give us bigger.

          • Guest

            Obligatory

          • Lisa

            Fu. They should instead release a newer 7".

          • Cedup

            The N7 is still not an outdated device. No need for a new one.

          • Lisa

            What you mean?

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            When your phone display is 5.5 inchess. 7 isn't much of a jump.

          • Lisa

            It is a bigger jump than you think.

          • regs

            8,9 4:3 is vertically cut 10,1 16:10. Exactly same width, just isn't that tall.

          • http://droidagency.com/ Vardan Nazaretyan

            Well actually, you get more screen real estate with a 9" tab with 4:3 aspect ratio than you get with a Nexus 10 like 10.1" tablet with a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio. The former is great for browsing the web and reading, the latter for watching films and videos.

        • Matthew Fry

          Get the Shield Tablet instead. It already has a K1, has a stylus, and Nvidia updates quickly. If I had moneydollars for tablets that's what my Nexus 10 upgrade would be.

    • abqnm

      I just hope that this tablet isn't meant to replace the Nexus 7 (which seems to be harder to find and on clearance many places). While this larger tablet will be perfect for many, there are still so many use cases where the Nexus 7 is the perfect size. Please let there be a 2014 Nexus 7 as well.

      • Darren Ferguson

        Highly doubt there will be one. How many leaks have there been about this and not a single one about another N7?

        • abqnm

          I just can't see them ditching it entirely, considering how popular it has been for both generations. It may not come this month, but I really hope we get one. Or if the so-called "Android Silver" happens, Asus could end up releasing their own 7" tablet with stock Android.

          We shall see, but I think it is a bad move to completely kill the N7.

          • Kid.Drunkadelic

            you know what, this just came to me. Since the Nexus 7 has always been the best dollar per performance tablet out there, maybe they are going to do a holiday release.

            Fuck black friday deal at regular price would look like a steal to some people

          • abqnm

            Yeah this seems likely. I know we will get the (insert code name of choice) HTC Nexus tablet this week, but Nexus devices tend to be announced at the time of an OS release, but Google has been changing things up lately so who knows.

        • Mike Reid

          :)

          9 is the new 7...

      • mark

        Or at least still let it be manufactured. The 2013 Nexus 7 is still an excellent spec, but if I had to replace it in a few months I'd hate to find it discontinued. The Nexus 7 can fit in my pocket if I want to take it somewhere. At 9", it's too big for basically an oversized phone, and I'd rather fit something that can work as a laptop too.

        • abqnm

          If the costs of manufacturing have dropped on it, and they can sell it at a lower price now, this would make sense. I just can't see them keeping the price the same with a tablet that has a Snapdragon S4 Pro in it still. Not that the tablet is underpowered or anything, but they would have to either drop the price or release one with maybe a Snapdragon 610 or 801 and 3gb of RAM if they want to stick to the same price point.

          If they start selling the N7 2013 at $149/$169 (16gb/32gb), then it would still be viable for another year.

      • Trysta

        They might skip a generation? I agree that the Nexus 7 fits an important niche and I would hate to see it go but I wouldn't upgrade from a 2013 Nexus 7 to a 2014 version. After changing to ART runtime the 2013 version works amazingly well. Maybe not quite as fast as my Nexus 5 but close. Unlike the 2012 Nexus 7 I would be perfectly happy keeping my Nexus 7 2013 for 2 years but then I would be ready to upgrade.

        • abqnm

          I agree it isn't a necessary upgrade from the 2013. The 2013 is plenty fast. The problem is that consumers expect to see a new model, or if not a newer model, a lower price commensurate with the early 2013 specs. I would be fine skipping a generation if the price came down to match its current mid-level specs standing.

          $149-16gb/$169-32gb/$249-LTE would fit with the current market. Maybe just release a 64gb version for the holidays for $229 (using my adjusted price scale). That would be a perfectly acceptable lineup to go along with the new HTC made iPad competitor.

    • Lisa

      The wait will be for nothing if the tablet turns out to be 4:3. It's bad enough that they are releasing a 9", which is too far away from the original 7" (perfect size). But giving use the crappy 4:3 aspect ratio, will most definitely make it unbuyable. Then the screen size for videos on the 9" won't be much bigger than my 16:10 Nexus 7. Plus, I have a carbon fiber tablet, whereas this tablet is rumored to have the terrible and slippery aluminum as its outer body.

      They're basically copying iPad Mini in design this time around, thinking us Android people actually think that's positive.

      • Dinsy Jones

        This might shock you, but not everyone uses their tablet exclusively for video.

        • Lisa

          Neither do I. I also read a lot and surf a lot. But 16:10 creates no obstacle for me here, and manages to fulfill all of my 3 main needs (video, books, surfing) perfectly. 4:3 ruins the video experience to benefit surfing on the internet more.

          • Dinsy Jones

            Well, let´s agree to disagree. I´ll only add that it´s harder to notice the awkwardness of the 16:10 format on such a small tablet though. Different story for large 10" tablets. Also, not everyone thinks that 7 inches is a perfect size for tablet.

          • Lisa

            You certainly have a point. That's why smarthphones are usually in 16:9; because of their small size. But I guess my complaint is for the size just as much. For me the perfect tablet size is between 7" and 8,5", which unsurprisingly fits the 16:10 format perfectly. I'd still go for 16:10 over: 4:3 with tablets around 10" (I am a previous owner of an iPad, and did not like it at all), but I guess I can also see why people with go for the former.

            I just wish they would release a 7" version as well.

            But if the tablet ends up having an aluminium body, I'm not going to buy the tablet anyway. It will probably end up with me buying a Galaxy Tab S 8,4" (which has an amazing AMOLED screen) and flash it to vanilla android, or wait even longer until Asus or someone else releases as tablet as beautiful as the Nexus 7 v2.

      • Eleo

        I feel like 16:10 is too skinny for a tablet. It's an acceptable ratio for a phone, as the point then is to fit into the palm of your hand and fit in your pocket. I got a Galaxy Tab S and I think it looks weird; it really looks like a supersized phone. A 9" 4:3 tablet will still have more screen real-estate than a 7" 16:10 tablet. Isn't that a more important fact than the ratio by itself?

    • Lisa

      Half-Life 3?

  • Thomas Su

    This looks like an iPad...

    • Theromz

      Not much you can do with the front, its a rectangle with glass.

      • Thomas Su

        I agree, but the case does too

    • KingofPing

      Unofficial, non-specific render.

  • Vesther

    Isn't the internal battery simply for powering the keyboard, since it is wireless?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that actually sounds more likely.

      • YouNex

        "Good, I updated the post"

  • Qwerty

    Could do with a bit less bezel, but it looks quite nice nonetheless.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's just a mockup at this point.

      • andy_o

        But you've got the dimensions of the cover, which are roughly the dimensions of the tablet, then you got the screen diagonal size and its aspect ratio, I think the bezels sizes are already set with that information.

  • Stanley C.

    Cant see the keyboard in sketch... Its invisible?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      If you look at the diagram, the keyboard is on the opposing side of the 3-flap cover. In Liam's sketch, the keyboard is on the side of the tablet. You'd presumably raise the tablet and reveal the keyboard.

      • Ramiro Fernandez

        I think you're thinking too much in Apple land where you flip the cover behind the tablet to prop up the tablet.
        I think the tablet will sit in the folded part, and then you fold that bit back to make a "kickstand" for the tablet. This way you wouldn't need to move the tablet from one side to the other in order to use the keyboard.
        At least, that makes sense to me. Looking at the diagram though, it's hard to tell how the case will actually "stick" to the tablet...

  • Ghisy

    4:3 aspect ratio = no buy, sorry Google.

    • Phil Oakley

      3:2 IMO. Best size for a tablet or laptop. Google showed that with the Pixel and Microsoft followed with the Surface Pro 3.

      • Imparus

        Depends if you plan on watching a movie, then 4:3= roughly 50% black bars.

        • http://usamaisawake.wordpress.com usamaisawake

          But if you look at the mockup comparison to the Nexus 7, Yiu actually retain and maybe gain a small amount of video space (16:9), despite the black bars. The benefit is browsing the web and other content (using apps) will look better.

          • mldi

            The Nexus 7 is pocketable. Something fatter is not. That's the entire point of the Nexus 7. Compared to something like the iPad Mini, the Nexus 7 perfectly portable. Of course you're gaining video size when you increase the screen size, but why waste all that physical space in the name of a much smaller annoyance when browsing the web?

        • MJ

          I cant figure out why people would watch full movies on a 7" device. Maybe short videos but full movies? Why? I understand like maybe on a plane flight but in that rare use case the video quality really does not matter.

          My big screen LCD TV is the device I watch movies on...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Gym, if you take it in addition to your phone.

            Kitchen.

            Plane (as you mentioned).

            Bed (if you have no TV in the room or your TV isn't hooked up to whatever the movie is on or you don't want to wake your significant other).

            Kids in the car.

            Etc.

          • MJ

            ...but if you are using a tablet or phone you are just watching casually so HD/widescreen really doesn't matter. If it did, one would be watching the movie on their big screen TV they paid a lot of money on.

            Oh, by the way, the bedroom is for sleeping and f*cking so no phone/tablet use in it and no damn TV which is why no one sleeps well any more...

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I think I'll decide what to use each room in my house for on my own, but thanks for the succinct suggestions.

          • MJ

            Of course, I am only here to help. :-)

          • Andrew

            The only time I watch movies on my tablet is on a plane, couldn't get my laptop to fit on the POS tray that I swear has shrunk in recent years.

            I like that I can hold my N7 2013 in 1 hand. It fits nicely in my lab coat as well.

        • Miguel Galrinho

          Depends if your movie range is restricted to the last 15 years. There's cinema before that as well.

        • Guest

          Depends if the movies you watch are restricted to the last 15 years. There's cinema before that as well.

          • Imparus

            Sure, but then it is 16:9 video and it still result it quite the black bars.

        • descendency

          I don't understand why the default player doesn't give a zoom option to change the aspect ratio from specified by the movie to specified by the device (ie, if you have a 4:3 device and a 16:9 movie, it may default to 16:9, but "zooming" makes it 4:3)

          Problem solved.

          • Imparus

            So you would cut a lot of the frame just to make it fill the screen? Please think that trough :-/

    • The Maverick

      i actually like 4:3 or even 3:2, i found the 16:9 for the nexus 7 very narrow, just my own opinion

      • Tyler Humphreys

        Nexus 7 is actually 16:10 (1280x800 for 2012 and 1920x1200 for 2013).

  • lulz_deliver

    4:3 ratio = INSTANT BUY.

    Thanks HTC & Google. Finally you understand that on a CONSUMER PRODUCT I want VERTICAL SPACE.

    • slide83

      Amen brother! Finally!

      • Smashley

        When I see ppl say "amen brother" I think of the KKK South Park episode.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      4:3 instant buy.

      4:3 instant no buy.

      http://i.imgur.com/X7GjaWd.png

      • Ghisy

        Hey, I'm featured on AP's FB page!! :D

        Anyway, I think 16:9 is better for everything and especially movies/tv shows. I use my Nexus 7 while traveling so I don't wanna have 2 huge black bars that take up 1/3 of the screen whenever I watch something, thank you.

        Reading and browsing is also fine on a 16:9 screen. When was the last time you used a PC with a 4:3 aspect ratio monitor, right?

        It's not because crApple is using a stupid ratio that Google has to do the same now. Please listen Google, keep the widescreen aspect ratio, PLEASE! Otherwise, I may have to buy a Samsung (*gasp*) tablet, even though I don't like Touchwiz or their horrendous home button (why Samsung, why?!).

        • Dinsy Jones

          Reading and browsing is so much better on 4:3 is not even funny. Please don't compare a 9" tablet you hold in your hands with a 20+" desktop monitor.

          • Ghisy

            Well, it's much better to read holding a tablet in portrait mode when it's widescreen. It's narrower and thus sits better in your hand (unless you're a giant lol).

          • ddpacino

            Yep. Analyzing use cases, I'm only watching video 10-15% of the time that I use my tablet. I loved my 2013 N7 because it fit into my back pocket & my coat pocket = highly portable for me. I'll still have that for those reason, but a bigger, wider screen will be welcomed addition to my gadget family.

        • Lisa

          Amen to that sister. I use my Nexus 7 mainly to watch videos (Youtube, movies, TV shows, etc.) -- which is what it was, considering its design, advertised for --, surfing, and reading books. And I have had no problem whatsoever.

          • Ghisy

            I'm a dude :)
            But yeah, I meant 16:10 (which is still widescren). 4:3 belongs to the 1990's :P

    • daniel brenha

      ¨I want VERTICAL SPACE¨ just turn the tablet in portrait mode.

      • lulz_deliver

        Vertical space added to horizontal space, for those who don't understand. Try checking any website on a 16:9 screen, turned in any way. Welcome to LOST SPACE. Check any app. Welcome to LOST SPACE. In the end, you spend 5% of your smartphone live checking videos (good use of 16:9) and the rest losing space due to it.

        16:9 for the TVs. 4:3 (or 5:4) for all the other stuff.

        • daniel brenha

          I know, just messing with you :), still I would prefer 16:9 because I do both work and play so I would rather loose the vertical space, since the most I do is read and I read at ¨chunks¨, not a whole page at a time (less space helps me know where I am).

          • lulz_deliver

            Haha, you got me there then.

            You preffer less horizontal space while reading? o.O

          • AOSPrevails

            If that means I don't see humongous black bars while watching video?Absolutely!

          • Lisa

            The thing with "less space" can easily be turned around: I can for example argue that when I'm reading with my 16:10 on my Nexus 7, the wider aspect ratio is giving me a longer page to read on than on a iPad mini -- rather than less words to read. And if it feels too long (which it doesn't), I can just read it as 4:3, and scroll down).

        • mldi

          I'm far more annoyed with empty space when watching videos than I am with a few "lost" pixels when browsing websites in landscape mode on a 7" device. It's a non-issue when browsing on a larger device.

          16:9 on the web - annoying to some with smaller devices.
          4:3 with video, games, etc - complete waste of physical space.

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            Yes. Android tablets at 16:9 have always been the proper aspect ratio. 4:3 is just all wrong. If you want productivity get a laptop.

          • ins0mn1a

            virtually all android tablets are 16:10. just saying.

        • m477

          "16:9 for the TVs. 4:3 (or 5:4) for all the other stuff."

          4:3 smartphones are nightmare fuel for me.

          http://notebookitalia.it/images/stories/lg_optimus_vu_2_1.jpg

        • nxtiak

          I just bought an LG 21:9 monitor, it's 3440x1440, most websites look stupid:

          • Mike Reid

            You got it wrong. Turn it 90 degrees. ;)

          • basov

            Isn't it supposed to replace multiple monitors for you? And you're using 1 window of Chrome fullscreen.

          • nxtiak

            haha yup, I was just being stupid. I have multiple windows and programs open at the same time normally. and never chrome full screen on this monitor.

          • nxtiak

            Also Google is much smarter regarding wide resolutions

          • mark

            The advantage of 21:9 is you can view a website, and then alongside have multiple other apps - e.g., view your code at the same time as reading documentation, as well as launching your application. *That's* productivity.

            It's curious that people are bringing up the argument "But look what happens when you view a webpage full screen" in order to convince us about productivity. Is that what you think productivity is?

          • http://droidagency.com/ Vardan Nazaretyan

            Same on my 16:9 24" 1080P monitor. Not all websites use the extra space sadly.

        • Mikkel Georgsen

          I use my 5" 1080p smartphone for gaming, instant messaging, social media, take pictures and consuming media - the media consumption part is easily over 80% of the usage.

          Just because you only spend 5% of your time consuming media on your device does not mean that's how everyone uses it.

          16:9 - have all websites do responsive design and optimize for both 4:3 and 16:9 - problem solved and 16x9 is far better for some people.

        • mark

          Websites still waste space in 4:3. On a wider aspect, you can view in portrait - I often do this on my Nexus 7, and I have NO LOST SPACE.

          I've never seen any wasted space on apps due to aspect ratio. Given that almost all devices, especially on Android, are 16:9 or 16:10, you're more likely to get poor layout or wasted space in an unusual aspect ratio.

          Watching videos is a common use for pure tablets (there's a reason we used to call tablets "media players"), but I'm not convinced by the aspect ratio arguments for other uses.

          For phones/tablets, I find thinner aspect ratio also makes them easier to fit into pockets (jeans/coats/bags).

        • Lisa

          There is difference between 16:9 and 16:10 -- which is what tablets have. You do understand that, right?

    • Michael Williams

      I agree completely. I find it hilarious how pissed off some people get at the mere idea that someone might think that a 4:3 tablet is anything other than pure blaspheme. Some people might want to do something other than watch cat videos on youtube or play games on their tablet. More than 75% of the time, my tablet is used for reading and 4:3 is completely superior to 16:9 or 16:10 for that. I have been waiting for a good 4:3 android tablet for freaking ever. Hopefully this is true and I can finally have one.

      • mark

        I find it hilarious how people think that one aspect ratio is totally superior, rather than it being a matter of opinion. (I read fine on my 16:10 Nexus 7; either in portrait mode; or in landscape mode where it then has two pages. And I do a lot more than videos/games/reading on my 16:9 laptops.)

        • Dinsy Jones

          Reflowable text doesn't really count. Try a PDF and tell me your 16:10 Nexus 7 is fine.

          I doubt your laptop's screen is smaller than 10 inches too.

    • Mattie

      I was just thinking the opposite

  • David Hart

    Where is the keyboard in that last picture, Is it under the tablet?

    • Fred

      Looking at it carefully, I think the tablet sits face down (face up?) against the keyboard with a lip around the edge to keep it in place (kinda like the snap on keyboards for the Nexus 7. To use you remove and set against the trifold cover.

      The interesting thing to me, is if you look at the dimensions of that central spine, and subtract the thickness of the two sides (and make allowance for the hinges) it seems the actual tablet thickness has to be quite thin. If the central spine is 13mm and you allow 1-2mm per side for the hinging, then subtract 3-5mm for the keyboard side, and 2-3mm for the trifold side, you end up at ..... not very much at all. How's it all going to fit?

      • http://umer936.com/ Umer

        That's what she said.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    "the keyboard is also expected to have an onboard 450mAh battery to give a little bit of a boost to your device's battery"

    No... come on, that wouldn't do anything, right? It has to be because the keyboard separates from the case and can be used separately—especially since it is bluetooth connected.

    450mAh would be a 10% battery boost. That's a lot of extra cost and complexity if all it does is power the tablet.

    • Taylor00

      We miss you bro.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Awww <3 I'm still around. The internet is a small place! =D

    • http://tommydaniel.com Tommy Thompson

      I imagine the keyboard connects wirelessly to the tablet like most Keyboard cases. I'm sure that's what the battery is for.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Oh ok yeah if there's no direct connection it needs power from somewhere, duh.

        That means you need to charge your tablet and your case. =/

        • Smashley

          Keyboards last a long time tho in my experience.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I've updated the post, good point.

        • Guest

          Wonder if the keyboard will draw power from the tablet so that it doesn't need to be separately plugged in and charged

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    4:3 is no sale. Ever

    • Brett Besa

      For you. I think it kicks 16:9's ass for web browsing which is something I do far more on a tablet more than watching video.

      • Nicholas Ruiz

        I see more of the page with 16:9 while doing anything

        • Smashley

          I'll still be buying one but I like my Nexus 7 ratio a LOT more than my dad's iPad Mini. 4:3 is lame IMO but I'll still throw my money at this new tablet.

      • Imparus

        Actually the current nexus 7 and the OG is 16:10

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          OG Loc?

      • mldi

        I'm assuming you mean on a 7" diagonal screen, but what about a 9" diagonal screen? I notice a slight annoyance on a 7" device, but this issue is completely non-existent on a Nexus 10.

  • Burrdoh

    Sounds nice, but I dont think this is going to get me to ditch my iPad mini RD. I still think the best way is iPad + Android phone since tablet apps are still far behind on the Google side.

    That being said, I'm optimistic they'll get it right sooner than later. This is just one part of the puzzle.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Okay, the last picture in the article is nothing else but an iPad mini. Zero fucking difference

    • ShadowCodeGaming

      The only difference is that the Nexus is actually, you know, useful.

      • Android Crook

        That's your own opinion. Personally, I think for tablets an iPad is better unless you buy a unique tablet like the TF*** transformer series or a galaxy note. IMO Apple deals with scaling better and has mostly all apps tablet optimized and doesn't have as much wasted space for the status and nav bars. Also, google screwed the pooch by splitting the nav and status for 10+ inches.

        • andy_o

          Apple doesn't "deal with scaling" almost at all. The retina iPads are exactly 2x the resolution as the older ones, and iPhone apps look like letterboxed crap on my iPad mini retina.

          I've been using an iPad mini for the past several months, and it does have its uses, some of which Android can't even do, like real time music recording. iOS even supports 24 simultaneous tracks with something like Auria. It supports pretty much any pro USB audio interface compatible with Core Audio, which is most of them.

          For most computer stuff though, like file management, LAN video streaming without having to recompress, internet browsing with plugins, and even VoIP (iOS requires you to PIN-unlock the screen before answering), and keyboard and mouse usage, Android lets apps integrate better.

          • mldi

            Just pointing out that when iOS 8 drops (and when devs update their apps for it), Apple apps will scale in a similar way.

          • Simon Mellins

            I wonder how many of those audio issues will be solved by L. They did talk about a lot of improvements in that area at I/O.

    • Smashley

      wat

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Except for the front facing speakers and notification light.

  • http://google.com/+JulioManiratunga Julio M

    3:4 total buy

  • Hunter Bowles

    APK please

  • nebula

    i smell nexus season

  • Richard

    Dam that mockup next to the Nexus 7 makes it look giant.
    Won't be able to carry it around in my back pocket anymore.
    Also at first glace that last picture with the flip case looks like an iPad mIni.

  • Corey Watford

    4:3 Insta Buy, thanks Google!!

  • catiremedina

    So could you give me a nexus 5? You said nothing about not asking for released devices so...... Could you? :P

    • clovervidia

      How about a Nexus 7 while you're at it?

  • HMS10

    I think, Transformer Pad did this better

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hopefully other OEMs start to make 4:3 tablets... i upgraded my old iPad retina to a Galaxy Tab S and the screen ratio is what i miss the most... 16:9 is just too uncomfortable for a tablet

  • Justin Quang

    I'm sorry guys, but your rendering doesn't quite make sense.
    Based on the layout drawing, the tablet is supposed to be in between the cover and the keyboard.
    And the cover is supposed to be behind the tablet as it can be folded to act as a stand.
    So that makes the tablet's screen should be facing the keyboard as its back is against the cover.

    • Stanley C.

      Thats what Im talking about... Doesnt make sense a keyboard behind the tablet...

    • Johannes

      ever thought about just turning the tablet around?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The tablet rests in the keyboard side of the case, and the cover goes over the screen, as shown. You then lift the tablet out of the keyboard area and prop it up using the now-folded flap on the other side. It makes perfect sense to me, and is consistent with the source image.

  • J_Pod

    Wouldn't it be awesome if I wild stylus appeared for this device as well as a keyboard case? Sigh, if only.

    • Jens Knutson

      As long as we're wishing, I'd love to see handwriting recognition that's as good as Windows 7/8, too. But yeah, not going to happen in the foreseeable future. :-/

  • senor_heisenberg

    Really wish it was 3:2 instead of 4:3.

  • zizo79

    Wallet ready... Not sure about the case. Never been a fan of them. But this one looks at sweet

  • LittleConfucius

    Why 4:3?! Couldn't they stay in 16:10?

    • miri

      Save for movies, it's a pretty great and balanced aspect ratio for everything. I'd have preferred 3:2 but this is the next best thing. 16:10 can get a little cramped on smaller screens, especially with a nav bar.

      • LittleConfucius

        As a Nexus 7 user I can say it's pretty comfortable for me. I am a root user and I have taken out the navbar.

  • Erik Knudsen

    4:3? Nope. Not even once.

  • blindexecutioner

    I Tried something similar with the transformer prime. I never used the keyboard like I thought I would. Nice for the few people who will make use of it I guess.

  • whispy_snippet

    The keyboard looks really great but my word, this tablet is looking very iPadish. :/

    • Simon Mellins

      How can it not? Unornamented black rectangles tend to look alike. I'd rather that than they try to differentiate for the sake of it, with weird colours or pointless ornamentation.

      • whispy_snippet

        The 4:3 aspect ratio for one. Then there's the colour, the bezel size and the cover. Admittedly we're going off small renders here but my initial impression is that it looks like it's trying to fool people into thinking it's an iPad.

  • Franz

    I really want this to be the new Nexus 10. Why 8.9"? Is that the new 7"

    Not quite small enough for the back-pocket test, not quite big enough to really enjoy.
    Not small enough to carry around, or keep in car, or mount to dash. Not big enough to just leave at home (feels inadequate.)

  • Miguel Galrinho

    Finally, a tablet with the perfect size, perfect aspect ratio, and stock android. 16:9 is good if you like to watch pictures of snakes. Otherwise, no thanks.

  • Matthew Gardner

    4:3? This will be a case of wait and see.

  • http://www.snaky360.com/ Sébastien Laoût

    So, every night, you have to charge your phone, your tablet, your watch... And now your keyboard too! ;-) When will that end ? :-)

  • Igor Verbickij

    It will be 8,5 inch with aspect ratio 3:2 (1,5) instead of N7 16:10 (1,5) which is still not critical 4:3 (1,33) aspect ratio. http://www.displaywars.com/7-inch-16x10-vs-8,5-inch-3x2

    • Matthew Merrick

      God, I hope you're right. I've basically given up on this being 16:10 (the perfect aspect ratio - 16:9 DOES feel a little cramped operating in the range between 5.5 and 12 inches but 4:3 is just terrible)

      But I could use 2:3, definitely, and maybe just maybe it's slightly squarer shape could satisfy all those people stuck in the early 90s (or hung up in irrational iEnvy) and asking for 4:3. Sounds like a great compromise to me :)

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    Torn. I don't like the size to replace my Nexus 7, and I definitely don't like the aspect ratio.

    But with this case, this could very, very easily have a chance at replacing my laptop for a lot of day-to-day use. This could push Android into the direction I've expected for quite some time, which is as a better desktop-replacement than Chrome in many ways. The size is almost reasonable for that, which kind of counters my complaint about it being too big, as I currently carry my 7 AND my laptop for work.

    Time will tell if that's possible. But this does make me hesitate at my original assumption that I'd be ignoring this.

  • mark

    "combined with the tablet's alleged 4:3 aspect ratio could signal that Google wants to make a stronger push to sell tablets as productivity devices"

    I don't get this argument - I'm productive on my laptops which are all 16:9. There are pros and cons to both sides, it's not a question of 4:3 is magically "productivity". E.g., taller screen means more lines of text/code, but thinner means harder to view things side by side (and 16:9 can be switched to portrait to give many more lines to view). Also the kind of things that people are productive with on laptops aren't the kind of things that mean productivity on an Android tablet (e.g., if I'm using a handheld tablet on a shopfloor, why does squarer aspect ratio matter?) Widescreen was annoying on desktop monitors because it meant the loss of height, which wasn't space you minded being taken up by the monitor; for laptops and tablets, there's always a tradeoff with screen size and portability.

    The main advantage for Google doing 4:3 is that almost every other Android tablet is 16:9, so it's nice to have some choice; it's not that that's the one true aspect ratio for productivity.

    • hkklife

      Web browsing, e-book reading, photo viewing and content creation (at least Office-style tasks) are all superior in 4:3 on a mobile device. I vehemently dislike 16:9, especially on desktop PC monitors. That's why I still have a 16:10 monitor on my desktop PC.

      • Simon Mellins

        I think the issue is that widescreen aspects (16:9 or 16:10) really only work well for productivity on very large displays, where there physically is enough vertical space to work comfortably. A 5, 7 or even 9 inch tablet doesn't offer enough height when in landscape orientation. Hence a widescreen laptop or desktop monitor (anywhere from 11 to 27 inches plus) is fine for work, but a tablet can be quite stifling at that size. Hence, going 4:3 or 3:2 or whatever is really about increasing vertical size without having to increase overall dimensions too much. It really is helpful for productivity.

  • wat

    It's not going to be 4:3 for shit. Also because it uses a NVidia chip it could technically come with a pen as an optional ala the nvidia gaming tablet, and it would be nice if it could be stored in the hinge of this too.

  • AOSPrevails

    16:10 = Instant buy
    4:3= Another year with my N7 2013

    If Google keeps doing this 4:3 nonsense next year I will be using a Shield Tablet2 instead.

  • Mayoo

    After that N10 cover, I only have one thing to say...

  • Zach Mauch

    Hopefully this costs $50 or less.

  • Big Tony

    Drools....

  • akemsley

    Can someone help me make sense of how this keyboard case is supposed to work? I mean, if the segmented half of the case is supposed to cover the screen of the tablet, then that means the keyboard half will be at the back of the tablet. So how does one use this keyboard if it's behind the tablet? Do you have to take the tablet out of the case every time you want to use the keyboard? That doesn't make much sense...

    • qwqw

      I don't know if it's really a case or not (maybe just more an attachment with e.g. magnets), but I believe you really have to switch the sides for keyboard mode. While this brings some difficulty, it also has a lot of pros: Foldable cover flap that is also light while the weight of the keyboard stays at the device itself when the keyboard is not used. And if you turn the two parts of the keyboard case, you can use the keyboard while putting the screen in some convenient angel with the foldable cover. Which would make sense if the device itself doesn't waste space for an integrated stand like the Microsoft Surface does. But that's all just speculation.

  • ktwombley

    I'm confused by how this is supposed to work.

    From the diagrams showing the keyboard and fold up cover, it looks like the screen cover would have to be on the back of the tablet for the keyboard to work. Or, for the screen cover to work, the keyboard would have to be on backwards.

    • akemsley

      Actually I was just wondering the exact same thing but after taking another look at it, it seems you have to take the tablet out from the keyboard compartment each time you want to use the keyboard, and then prop it up so that the bottom edge of the screen is against the top row of the keyboard at a 45-degree angle, while the bottom of the tablet is being supported by the folded-up triangle. Seems pretty counter-intuitive to me...

      • qwqw

        Well, as I wrote on your comment, if the device itself has not stand, it's the only way to do or you would have to write with a device laying plane on the desk.

  • Steve Freeman

    Since getting a new phone and not needing my tablet for games anymore, I've been using it more and more for reading and watching videos on while travelling, and very little else. So now, a larger tablet would, I think, be a little better for me. So that being said...an 8-9" Nexus tablet would probably hit the sweet spot.

    Also, a quality folding case would be really nice. I've had a couple of the Poetic ones, and while they work OK, it's nothing I would write home about. In fact, one of them started falling apart 1-2 months after getting it, and when I sent it back for a replacement, they wanted me to ship the old one back to them. Which would have been fine, but they wanted me to pay for shipping. So I just kept it and never heard from them again...I guess they didn't care too much.

  • Greyhame

    After having finally rooted and ROM'd my ASUS TF300T (CROMi ROM using Gtanner00's excellent guide), I can say this keyboard case makes the tablet even more interesting than it already was. I forgot how much having a keyboard that was specifically made for the tablet can increase both productivity and user enjoyment. I was considering the NVIDIA Shield. That purchase has now put on hold.

    MOAR LEEKS PLZ!!

  • Defenestratus

    Welp. First nexus device I'll pass on. 4:3 is stupid.

  • vinnyjr

    My Nexus (2013) tablet had serious screen issues. Visual was great but whenever I touched the screen it was always delayed or just didn't respond. I had this problem on 3 tablets, sent them all back. It sucked because I really liked that tablet, it was fast and the screen was great. It had problems. Hoping the new one will be better.

  • blindexecutioner

    I may sell my Shield tablet for this if it turns out to be 4:3. I really like the shape and size of our iPad mini we have. If this feels similar I'll probably get it. I'll skip the keyboard case though.

  • Josh Gilman

    If you use a tablet in place of laptop...read: true portability, the screen size at 12.2 is perfect. The Samsung Note Pro 12.2 is awesome if it didn't have the chromecast bug so that when you're casting and.use the notification pane it crashes the whole tablet.

  • Rampal

    is it me or it is actually looking like ipad mini.

    • Simon Mellins

      Yep, this unornamented black rectangle looks a lot like another unornamented, black rectangle. It's pretty hard to avoid, without... ornamenting. Or weird colours.

  • DWXDX

    Throw in a digitizer and consider it sold. After using tablets for a while I've come to the realization that productivity is halved without a digitizer.

  • Zac

    As long as the price is right, this will be my next tablet.

  • Sere83

    Surely these rumours about 1920x1080 must be false no? Makes no sense to release an inferior pixel density tablet after the nexus 7 and nexus 10

  • http://manki.in/ Manki (aka Muthu Kannan)

    Please don't serve mobile interface to Nexus 10. Thanks!

  • http://hiptownmagazine.com/ Luc Laflèche

    While mobile I keep my attire and baggage to a minimum. I suspect I'm not the only one... After observing "the inches", 7 fits in suits and 8 is as far as I would go. Any bigger and I'm in the office with full on big screens + keyboard. Bulky tech ruins the strut. However, 9 is my personal development number so it had better come with a pen. Custom suits for big sexy. C'est la vie!

  • Fidelator

    What they should have done: get rid of the bottom bar on tablets, keeping the 16:10 aspect ratio and integrating a gesture based navigation system on tablets

    4:3 means no sale for me