The Nexus 9 tablet by HTC - also known as the HTC Volantis - is going to be a seriously powerful slate capable of out gunning the iPad Air and anything which has gone before it.
If the specifications leaked by the notorious and often accurate Evan Blass and his @evleaks website are correct, then Google and HTC will have seriously raised the benchmark.
Firstly, Blass claims the Nexus 9 will have an aluminium unibody construction - just like the iPad Air and mini - and it will feature HTC’s widely praised dual Boom Sound speakers, meaning it will be room-fillingly loud when cranked up to 11, just like the HTC One (M8) is.
The display will have a resolution of 2560 x 1600, although Blass claims HTC is currently testing with lesser 1680 x 1050 panels. The screen will measure 8.9 inches from corner to corner, making it slightly smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad Air.
Inside, the Nexus 9 is currently being tested with a Snapdragon 801 processor, but Blass claims the retail version will have a 64-bit Tegra K1 chip. Being 64-bit, the processor will be able to deal with more RAM than ever before, and Blass believes there could be as much as 5GB of RAM - far higher than any other tablet on sale today.
Storage will be a massive 64GB - although no word on a microSD card slot to increase this - and the camera is currently 5-megapixel, but could be increased to eight by the time it goes on sale, the leaker claims.
That certainly is a spectacular spec sheet, but despite Blass and @evleaks’ excellent track record with smartphone and tablet leaks, he has been fooled in the past, so we suggest you exercise caution with this one.