Yesterday, we dropped a leaked image and render of Volantis, an alleged upcoming Nexus tablet built by HTC. We also dropped specification info and pricing - and that's really what this weekend's poll is about.
This new Nexus tablet isn't messing around - it will sport an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit processor utilizing the company's proprietary Denver CPU core, a very powerful desktop-architecture GPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8.9" display with 2048x1440 resolution (that's 4:3 aspect ratio), aluminum construction, and will likely launch with one of the biggest Android releases (the "L" release) to date.
All this want-worthiness, though, comes at a high price: Volantis will supposedly go on sale for $400 in 16GB trim, with 32GB costing $500, and an LTE-equipped model may even broach the $600 mark. As I think we can all agree - Google's punching for the iPad Air and iPad Mini with this cost structure by slotting this nine-inch Nexus right between Apple's 7.9 and 9.4-inch slates. You get substantially more display for your dollar than the Mini, and a little less display for significantly less money than the Air.
Given the relative dearth of genuinely attractive premium Android tablets to hit the market in the last year (the closest being Samsung's new Tab S line, which is priced similarly), and the seeming lack of successor devices for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, this new tablet may be the most interesting thing to happen in large-format Android hardware in a long time.
That said, it's pricey. Buyers outside the US can likely expect to pay a comparative premium to Google's US pricing, though that's obviously going to vary by market (granted, I'm not aware of a country where Nexus hardware is cheaper than in the US). So, assuming the above is all true, is Volantis firmly on your Q4 "buy" list?