Samsung copies other companies and gets sued a lot. It is almost an unwritten rule of mobile tech, but every so often a Samsung court case where the company is accused of patent infringement tends to throw up some juicy information. The latest brand trying to take Samsung to the cleaners is chip maker NVIDIA (the suit is also against Qualcomm) and during the case some information about the Nexus 9 tablet was released.
NVIDIA accused both Samsung and Qualcomm of copying its GPU technology and like in any court case the company had to prepare certain legal papers. One of those papers listed the devices that use NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chip (leaked online but since removed) and one of those products was the as yet unreleased HTC built Nexus 9. The company even gives the release window away: “The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1.” This one statement has answered an awful lot about a slate that so far we have only been able to speculate about, so here are some of the things it clears up: Manufacturer It was obvious that Google would release a new slate this year and it has been widely reported that HTC would be the company of choice to build the hardware. ASUS will not be returning with a Nexus 7, and while HTC’s involvement was fairly certain, it still remained unknown. NVIDIA has very kindly confirmed that the Taiwanese company with a penchant for premium design is indeed on board for Google’s Nexus slate. Name Earlier in the year there were murmurs from Mountain View that the Nexus name could be nixed altogether in favour of Android Silver. As it turns out, Nexus will return in smartphone and tablet form. HTC has been building the device with the codename Volantis, but it has been thought that the 8-inch device could be called the Nexus 8, but it now seems that the original reported name of Nexus 9 is the real one. Specs While the ASUS made Nexus 7 had quality, it was a budget device with a reasonable design. NVIDIA has not confirmed that the tablet will run its blisteringly quick Tegra K1, a chipset that most benchmarks peg as the fastest in the mobile space today. If the Nexus 9 is packing the very best processer technology, it seems entirely likely that HTC and Google will keep the specs and design high end from top to bottom. Launch date HTC has a press event scheduled for later in the month, but it has always seemed more likely that it would be a Google event that would launch the Nexus 9. That event will almost certainly be the Android L official launch, when the new tablet and the Motorola built Nexus 6 smartphone will be unveiled, both the first to run Android L. NVIDIA says that will happen during the third quarter, while Google said L would launch in the fall. Those two timeframe tally up for an end of September/ early October launch, so watch this space.