Google Nexus 9 by HTC featuring Android Lollipop goes official, pre-orders start on October 17th, ships November 3
Just as expected, Google has announced today the fervently-awaited Nexus 9 tablet that has been created in partnership with HTC. The tablet is the very first device that operates on Android Lollipop and is said to hit the retailers’ shelves on November 3rd with pre-orders starting on October 17th. The Nexus 9 will be available in three color schemes, two capacity options and an LTE-enabled variant. Feel interested in further details? Let’s take a closer look at the slate.
Google Nexus 9 by HTC with Android 5.0 Lollipop
Starting from the design, the Nexus 9 sports, as most HTC-made devices, premium looking body embracing a soft plastic back cover and brushed metal sides. It goes on sale in black, white and sand color variants and sports an 8.9-inch display featuring 2048x1536p of resolutions, which translates to the screen ratio of 4:3.
There is also BoomSound speaker technology on the Nexus 9’s board that is said to deliver high quality music experience. In case it skipped your memory, the same speakers can be found in the HTC One M8 and One M7. In terms of optics, the tablet houses an 8-megapixel rear camera sensor with a single LED flash that is accompanied by a 1.6-megapixel selfie shooter.
As it comes to the Nexus 9’s size, Google says its form factor is a compact one, since it’s small enough to be easily carried round in a single hand, still big enough to work on. In addition, to make the work on the tablet even more comfortable, the company releases a special magnetic keyboard attachment that folds into two different angles and can be placed on your lap just like a regular laptop.
Moving on to the tech specs, the device is equipped with pretty powerful hardware. So, there’s a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset coupled with 2GB RAM. Just as already mentioned, it will be available in two different internal storage options, so you may choose between 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage. Sadly, there’s no official information concerning a microSD card slot, so as for now we don’t know whether the slate will be capable of expanding its memory. All these incredibly good parameters are reported to be powered by a massive 6,700 mAh battery that is said to deliver around 9 hours of work and entertainment.
Speaking of the Nexus 9’s pricing, the tablet isn’t definitely a cheap device, especially when we compare it to the Amazon tablets’ super low prices, but it’s a powerful device whose hardware has been designed to fully meet requirements and capabilities of Android L, which may explain the price.
Since the device is available in three variants, there are three different prices. The 16GB model cost $399, the 32GB one can be yours for $479 and an LTE-capable model featuring 32GB carries the price tag of $599. Since there’s no confirmed information on the microSD expandability, it would be reasonable to consider buying the 32GB model. Pre-order starts this Friday (October 17th), but don’t expect to put your hands on the slate sooner that after November 3rd, which is when shipping begins. At this point it should be also mentioned that the LTE version along with the “sand” color scheme will be released later this year.
Google allegedly wants to release the Nexus 9 in 29 countries in the following week. In the US it will be available at Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Google Play, Radio Shack, Staples, Walmart and others. Furthermore, the tablet is also said to join the offer of US carriers including T-Mobile and the Uncarrier that is rumored to start offering the new Nexus on November 12th.