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Nexus 9 pre-orders kick off ahead of November 3 release

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Following the tablet’s formal unveiling earlier this week, Google has started accepting Nexus 9 pre-orders.

With the iPad Air 2 rival set to hit retailers on November 3, the search turn tech giant is giving wannabe owners plenty of time to get their advanced orders in for the HTC-made slate.

Replacing both the longstanding Nexus 7 and popular Nexus 10 as Google’s only tablet offering, the Nexus 9 is something of a halfway house device. It features an 8.9-inch display with an iPad mini 3 mimicking 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.

Under the hood Nvidia’s new 64-bit Tegra K1 processor runs the show, with the dual-core chipset having been clocked at 2.3GHz. 2GB of RAM and the option of 16GB and 32GB storage capacities is also available.

Further Nexus 9 specs include a sizeable 6700mAh Lithium-Ion battery and an 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera. For those shameless enough to use their tablets to grab a selfie, a secondary, 1.6-megapixel snapper sits up front.

Alongside the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 will be one of the first devices to run the new Android 5.0 Lollipop OS direct from the box.

As well as being able to splash the cash via the Google Play store, a number of third-party retailers are also getting in on the Nexus 9 pre-order game.

One such seller is Amazon. The online giant is offering the 32GB Nexus 9 for £399.

For those of you based in the US, the 16GB Nexus 9 can be secured through Amazon for just $399 (£248).

Will you be pre-ordering a Nexus 9 or are you planning on snapping up a new iPad? Let us know via the comments section below.

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mothergoose85

October 17, 2014, 10:51 am

Link to the Google Pre-Order page chaps? Because I'm seeing squat on http://www.google.com/nexus/9/ and https://play.google.com/sto... in the UK

mothergoose85

October 17, 2014, 11:27 am

£399 for the 32GB model via Amazon UK - interesting. Would you rather buy direct from Google?

Do you think this price is accurate or likely to drop before fulfilment?

Christian

October 17, 2014, 12:03 pm

I can't see the device for pre-order on either Google Play UK or Amazon UK yet.

mothergoose85

October 17, 2014, 12:49 pm

The Amazon one is up (link is at the bottom of the article) but the Google One is yet to open up.

I had to RMA my 2012 N7 3 times so I'd rather go direct with Google.

Christian

October 17, 2014, 1:53 pm

Ah, sweet, thanks. Didn't see that link. Interesting Amazon lists it as the HTC Nexus 9 rather than Google Nexus 9. That's why my search didn't work.

Christian

October 17, 2014, 1:55 pm

Just out of interest, how was the returns process dealing with Google direct?

mothergoose85

October 17, 2014, 2:04 pm

I had the exact same problem - I'm holding on to get it from Google as I like being able to go direct to the supplier in this case.

And that's because the returns process was really painless - you can ask them to give you a call back so you don't have to pay for it, you get connected to their US call centre and they seemed to be great. They offered genuinely good technical advice (I think that was on my second RMA) which was helpful and a lot more in depth than "have you turned it off and on again?" - as such, I was perfectly willing to give that a go.

Anyway, once you actually have to send it back (1st and 3rd time they didn't even get me to try anything and it was a hardware issue) the arranged for a replacement to be sent, that turned up within 24 hours and had the returns shipping packet within it.

Can't ask for fairer than that I reckon?

Christian

October 17, 2014, 2:16 pm

Agreed. Thanks for the detailed response. I'll give Google direct a go for this purchase ; )

mothergoose85

October 17, 2014, 2:20 pm

No problem. I'm sure you will find people who disagree with me as well, every company must have customer service issues, right? But to me, even though Amazon's customer services is brilliant, this cuts out a middle man and the service is no worse.

robotoaster

October 18, 2014, 1:28 pm

This device is a portable gaming console. K1 Kepler combo gives 192 CUDA
cores = Nvidia GT 720 pc card, that is why resolution is not as big as
Nexus 6 phone.

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