HTC-Built Nexus 9 Tablet Leaked, Powered By 64-Bit Tegra K1 At 2.5GHz

The path to pole position in mobile lies in the 64-bit fast lane, a place Apple has been cruising along in since dropping its custom A7 chip underneath the hood of its iPhone 5S. Now it looks as though Google's Nexus family is going 64-bit as well. Based on recent leaks, it's likely to happen with with the Nexus 9 tablet (codenamed Volantis) being built by HTC.

The Nexus 9 will take the baton from the Nexus 7 as it goes up against Apple's iPad mini tablet, which is also powered by an A7 System-on-Chip (SoC). However, the Nexus 9 will say goodbye to Qualcomm and hello to NVIDIA and its speedy Tegra K1 chip, according to a CPU-Z benchmark floating around the web.

Nexus 9 CPU-Z
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Based on NVIDIA's mightly Kepler architecture, the 64-bit Tegra K1 features 192 CUDA cores, a 2.5GHz clockspeed (dual-core chip), and loads of optimizations to run both fast and efficiently. It supports up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and is capable of driving a 4K Ultra HD display. It's an impressive processor, and barring any surprises, it's coming to Google's Nexus line.

Nexus 9
Purported image of the Nexus 9 - Source: Android Police

There's plenty of other speculation surrounding the Nexus 9, along with some disagreement about the tablet's resolution. Some sources suggest it will feature a 2560x1600 resolution (the same as most 30-inch PC monitors prior to the 4K movement) while others have it pegged at 2048x1440. Other rumored features include 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, 3MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, and perhaps Android L (Lemon Meringue Pie).