The Nexus 9 is the very first tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will hit store shelves early next month. This device, which was developed in cooperation with Google, marks HTC’s return to the tablet market.
The newest version of Google’s mobile OS was unveiled over the summer, although it was just called Android L at the time. Some of the highlights include a flatter interface and less battery drain. As a member of the Nexus series, the tablet announced today will be among the first to get future system software upgrades.
Google also announced the Nexus 6, a phablet that will debut with Android 5.0.
HTC Nexus 9 in Detail
HTC’s first tablet in several years will have an 8.9-inch, QXGA (1536×2048) screen, giving it a 4:3 aspect ratio. This will be an IPS LCD covered in Gorilla Glass 3.
At its heart will be a 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. This will be a 64-bit chip, as one of the highlights of Android 5.0 is support for processors of this type. The device will have 2 GB of RAM.
HTC will make versions with 16 GB and 32 GB of internal storage. Like previous tablets in the Nexus series, there will be no microSD memory card slot, as users are expected to depend on Google Drive for external storage.
HTC is also going to make an LTE-enabled version with 32 GB of capacity, but this won’t be available until later in the year.
The Nexus 9 will include an 8 MP rear camera, as well as a 1.6 MP front shooter. It will have a 6700 mAh battery, which HTC says will be good for up to 9.5 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.
Like many HTC devices, this will sport brushed-metal sides. There will be black, white, and sand-colored options, although the latter won’t be available on the launch date.
The HTC Nexus 9 can be pre-ordered on Friday, October 17, and the release is scheduled for November 3. In addition to being sold on Google’s website, the HTC Nexus 9 will be widely available online and in retail stores, including Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Google Play, Office Depot, Office Max, QVC/HSN, Radio Shack, Staples, and Walmart.
The 16 GB model will sell for $399, the 32 GB one will go for $479, and the LTE-enabled model will be $599.
Google will eventually offer this tablet in 29 countries. It is also going to offer a magnetic keyboard folio, and can be propped up at two different angles.