Just like we predicted, Google unveiled the new Nexus 9 tablet alongside its Nexus 6 smartphone yesterday. Unlike its earlier tablets which were made by Asus, the new Nexus 9 is manufactured by HTC. But we kind of knew that already, thanks to the numerous leaks that we saw in the past few months.
Nexus 9 is quite different than other tablets that are currently available in the market. The device comes with a premium metal built, something that’s quite common with the top end HTC devices. Moreover, like earlier leaks said, the device would have an unusual 4:3 aspect ratio instead of 16:9. So, it’s more squarish than other tablets in the market.
On the front, there’s a large 8.9 inch display which features a QVGA resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Inside, there’s a NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, which makes Nexus 9 the first 64 bit device in the lineup. As for memory, you have 2GB RAM onboard along with 16GB/ 32GB storage options. Unfortunately, you don’t get a MicroSD card slot on the device, so you’ll have to be happy with the inbuilt storage.
Looks wise, Nexus 9 is quite well built. The brushed metal finish does give it a premium feel over other competitors and its overall thin profile makes it one of the best built Android devices currently available in the market.
On the back, there’s an 8MP camera, an upgrade from the 5MP one found on the Nexus 7 2013. You also get a large 6700 mAh battery which should be enough to power the device for about 9 hours even with the massive 9 inch screen.
As Nexus 9 is made by HTC, you get their dual Boom sound speakers on the front. This along with the massive screen makes sure that you enjoy watching videos or even playing games on your new tablet.
The device comes in Black, White and Brown colors and will be available to pre-order from October 17. You can also purchase a Folio keyboard separately which you can use as a stand as well as to type on the device with ease.
Like previous generations, Nexus 9 will be available in Wi-Fi only and LTE version. You can use LTE on a number of different networks in US like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.
The Wi-Fi only 16GB model starts at $399. The 32GB Wi-Fi version and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $479 and $599 respectively.
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