HTC & Google have just announced the brand new and much rumoured Nexus 9 tablet with the newest version of Android, Lollipop.
The Nexus 9 is a 8.9″ 2048×1536 2K tablet with HTC’s iconic BoomSound stereo speakers. It has a Tegra K1 chip under the hood with 2GB of RAM and comes in 16GB or 32GB of storage (unfortunately, there’s no expandable memory option). Here’s a full breakdown of the specs:
SIZE: 8.9″ x 6.05” x 0.31″
WEIGHT: Wi-Fi version: 425g; LTE version: 436g
DISPLAY: 8.9” 2048 x 1536 resolution, 4:3 viewing ratio
- Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor
- 2 x 2.3 GHz cores
- LTE model uses MDM9625M modem
- Android™ Lollipop
- Total storage: 16GB, 32GB & 32GB LTE models
- RAM: 2GB DDR3
- HSPA+/ LTE
- 5 mm stereo audio jack
- Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
- Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz), 2×2 MIMO
- micro-USB 2.0 port
- Main Camera: 8MP, BSI, f/2.4, 1080p video recording
- Front Camera:6MP, BSI, 720p video recording
- Dual front-facing stereo speakers with HTC BoomSound™
- Capacity: 6700 mAh
- Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
There are also a nice keyboard and origami-like folding case covers available for the Nexus 9 when it launches. The tablet comes in black, white and brown (sand) colour options and pre-orders for the device are said to go live this Friday with an expected shipping date of early November.
Please find the full press release below:
HTC AND GOOGLE INTRODUCE THE FIRST ANDROID LOLLIPOP NEXUS TABLET
The Nexus 9 fuses HTC’s design excellence with Google’s latest Android Lollipop software to deliver a premium tablet experience
Dublin, Ireland, October 15, 2014, – HTC, a global leader in technology innovation and design, today announces the launch of the very first Android™ Lollipop tablet, the Nexus 9. The result of a close collaboration between HTC and Google, the Nexus 9 fuses HTC’s cutting-edge technology and innovation heritage in premium design with Google’s excellence in intuitive software, for a premium tablet experience.
Delivering the best in precision design and performance
Encased in a brushed aluminum frame that seamlessly connects the screen to a soft-grip back, the Nexus 9 is both sleek and polished, showcasing HTC’s expertise in precision metal work. The tablet also has an 8.9” HTC display with 4:3″ viewing ratio that is large enough to master any task, yet small enough to hold comfortably in one hand. Weighing just 436g, it is also lightweight and easily portable.
At its heart, this easy to use, powerful tablet boasts an Nvidia® Tegra® K1 64-bit dual-core processor that makes switching between tasks both simple and fast, while its Keppler GPU delivers desktop grade performance and graphics in tablet form.
Front (1.6MP) and rear (8MP) cameras allow key moments to be captured as they happen, with the Nexus 9 tablet’s 2K screen (2048×1536) resolution delivering sharp detail and vibrant colours when viewing photos, browsing the web or watching videos. Dual front facing speakers feature a dedicated smart amp and HTC BoomSound™ profile for speaker mode, to enable stereo sound from the front of the device – perfect for music and gaming fans.
First tablet worldwide to run on Android Lollipop
Designed to make the most of the very latest Android Lollipop operating system, the Nexus 9 comes packed with features that make multi-tasking a breeze, while allowing for a high level of personalisation and security through a range of secure login functions. Its extended battery life means you can spend more time playing and less time charging.
“The Nexus 9 is a great example of what can be achieved when two companies, united in their passion for innovative technology, come together to create a product with the user experience at the very center of the design process,” said Peter Chou, CEO, HTC. “HTC’s unrivalled design language combines with the very latest software advancements to deliver a premium tablet, inside and out. We are thrilled to be able to bring this product to market.”
The Nexus 9 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 32GB LTE models and will be available for worldwide pre-sales from the Google Play™ store beginning Oct. 17, shipping and available in retail outlets beginning Nov. 3. For further information on features, functionality and accessories, visit https://play.google.com/store.
 The soft-grip back will come in black, brown and white.
 Figure relates to the LTE version of the Nexus 9.