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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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