The Google-HTC Nexus 9 tablet is now being unveiled and will be taking pre-orders from October 17 while the release date is November 3, in 30 countries around the world.
(UPDATED: Now updated, first to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, then to Android 7.0 Nougat).
The Nexus 9 tablet was unveiled along the latest OS version Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The Nexus 9 specs begins with the 2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, with its famous 192 Kepler DX1 GPU, a popular processor where a very similar version has already been put to use in Xiaomi Mi Pad and NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. It then has 2GB of DDR3 RAM, with 16GB and 32GB storage options to choose from.
The 8.9-inch screen has an IPS LCD Gorilla Glass 3 screen with a (QXGA) 2048 x 1536 display resolution, giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio.
It further has a 1.6MP front camera and a 8MP f/2.4 rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The sound comes from two front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound.
Wireless connectivity is speedy to say the least, with 802.11 ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.1. While there’s also the optional cellular quad-band GSM, CDMA, penta-band HSPA, through the 32GB 4G LTE model.
Sensors are GPS, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. The ports on board are also the standard micro-USB, 3.5 mm combo audio jack, and built-in dual mics.
The battery life on the Nexus 9 is between 8.5 hours and 9.5 hours long, with a 30 day standby time, coming from a 6700 mAh battery.
The Nexus 9 is just 7.95 mm thick, which is among the thinnest in the 8 to 9-inch category. The Wi-Fi model weighs 425 gram, while the 4G LTE model weighs 436 gram.
The design is elegant as the Nexus 9 comes with brushed metal sides and the three sleek color options of Indigo Black, Lunar White, and Sand.
In competition with the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, Google and HTC have also created a keyboard folio cover that attaches magnetically to the Nexus 9, a can only be folded into two different angles.
The prices for the Nexus 9 have been listed as $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi versions, $489 for the 32GB Wi-Fi versions, while the 32GB 4G LTE versions have been listed at $569.
The Nexus 9 tablet will be released on November 3, and Nexus 9 can be pre-ordered from October 17.
– Tom Bowen