Google announces HTC Nexus 9 tablet with Android Lollipop

Google has just announced its Nexus 9 tablet, touting an 8.9-inch IPS display and the brand new Android Lollipop OS.

The device is poised to replace the Nexus 7 as Google’s premium flagship tablet.

The

new slate is built by HTC, which makes the premium metal chassis and

unsurprising design choice by the Taiwanese firm. They’ve not strayed

too far from Nexus 7 roots however, with the device sporting the usual

curvaceous design and the classic soft grip back.

The Nexus 9 weighs just 436g with three colour options on offer for the rear plate – black, white, and sand.

“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,” says 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.”

Features

The tablet

also touts Nvidia’s new powerhouse Tegra K1 chip. It’s running off

64-bit architecture and clocks in at 2.3GHz. Also on-board is a Kepler

DX1 GPU for added graphical heft, with 2GB of RAM in tow.

The

8.9-inch LCD screen packs 2048 x 1536 pixels which provides 287 pixels

per inch. The device touts a hefty 6,700mAh li-ion battery and ships in

two storage options – 16GB or 32GB. An LTE model will also be released.

Snapping potential comes courtesy a protruding 8MP rear-facing camera, with a 1.6MP selfie shooter to boot.

HTC’s

Nexus-stamped slate also promises ‘immersive, layered and

distortion-free’ sound thanks to HTC’s front-facing BoomSound speakers.

It also ships with Android Lollipop built in, giving you access to vastly improved battery life options and 64-bit CPU architecture support.

Release Date and price

You’ll

be able to throw down some pre-order cash for the Nexus 9 starting

October 17, with the slate hitting store shelves on November 3.

US

pricing is as follows: 16GB for $399, 32GB for $479, and an LTE-enabled

32GB model for $599. This equates to roughly £250, £300, and £375

respectively.

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