HTC is trying its luck at tablets again.
According to Upleaks, HTC is working on an HTC-brand tablet that will be "based" on the Nexus 9. It's supposed to have nearly the same dimensions, for instance, though the specifications might be different.
The Nexus 9, which launched in November, weighs roughly 436g and has the following dimensions: 228mm x 153mm x 7.95mm. It also features an 8.9-inch IPS LCD display, 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 Denver, 2GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB flash memory, dual-front facing speakers with HTC BoomSound, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.
HTC manufactured the Nexus 9. It's the fourth tablet in the Google Nexus series, a family of Android devices marketed by Google but built by a manufacturing partner. If HTC's new tablet has similar dimensions to the Nexus 9, it'll likely have a 9-inch display with the same 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the hardware specifications will be different.
HTC isn't known for making popular tablets. The HTC Flyer didn't take off...nor did the HTC Jetstream. The Nexus 9 is likely considered the most successful HTC tablet in recent years, but in Pocket-lint's review of the device, we said it didn’t feel like a premium tablet (though it is a better device than previous Nexus tablets).
The company now has a chance to redeem itself with this new tablet. It's been rumoured to be working on a second tablet since at least July 2014, but the launch of the Nexus 9 made many people forget about it. Don't expect it anytime soon though, as it's not supposed to debut in the first quarter of 2015.
That means HTC isn't planning on unveiling the device at Mobile World Congress next month.
READ: Nexus 9 review