For some of you, the Google “Workshop” project might ring a bell. Earlier this month Google was revealed to be looking into the possibility of offering Nexus phone owners the ability to customize their handset accessories.
Now, it appears Google plans to go beyond smartphone and include its tablet efforts into the picture as well. And as Android Police reports, the upcoming Nexus 9 will be receiving a range of official accessories provided by HTC.
A few days ago, a leak coming out of China revealed that the upcoming Google tablet would come equipped with a range of accessories including a Magic Cover Leather (Natural/Black), Magic Cover TPU (Coral Amethyst/Mint Indigo/Lime Stone/Indigo Black) and a Keyboard Folio.
This week, we get more information about the above-mentioned keyboard folio, plus a few images / sketches detailing it.
Of course, the pictures aren't terribly descriptive, but we do get an idea of what the end product might look like when it arrives. Similar to the Apple smart cover, the cover flap will be segmented and foldable into a triangle, something that is achievable by virtue of magnets.
The keyboard folio will certainly come equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 and an embedded NFC chip.
The folio is said to house a 450mAh battery which will live in a space located within the hinge. Surely, given the capacity of the battery, this will be used to power the accessory and not the tablet per se.
For those of you who want numbers, the accessory measures 228 x 320 x 5 mm / 8.9 x 12.5 x 0.19 inches, with the part covering the screen coming in at 228 x 153 mm / 8.9 x 6.02 inches, which gives us an idea of how large the Nexus 9 will be.
Now, adding a dedicated keyboard case might be Google’s way of signaling that it is ready to make the push for the professional sector by advertising the portability and convenience the Nexus 9 might bring about.
In the past few weeks, rumors and leaks about the Nexus 9 have intensified, which can only mean the tablet is on its way. After all, not so long ago we were given a date to hang on – October 9.
When it arrives, the new tablet is expected to boast an 8.9-inch display with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) and draw power from an NVIDIA 64-bit Tegra K1 Denver platform fitted with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Hopefully, in one month’s time, we’ll be able to behold the Nexus 9 in all its glory.