Nexus 9 Built By HTC Gets November 3 Release Date

News Paul Briden 11:01, 27 Oct 2014

Pre-orders for the Google Nexus 9 tablet made by HTC will begin on October 17

Google has just announced its brand new Nexus tablet alongside the Nexus 6 phablet. The Nexus 9 has been built in partnership with HTC and comes with brushed metal sides and an 8.9in IPS LCD display.

Google claims it’s small enough to carry around in one hand, unlike the Nexus 10 that currently sits in the Google Play Store, but is big enough to do everything you need from a slate.

There is a magnetic keyboard folio that you can buy alongside the tablet, which folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap, making it easier to work.

With the new keyboard it looks like Google wants to take on the space the Microsoft Surface currently occupies. You can also spot the HTC logo right at the bottom of the tablet on the back.

Under the hood is a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz. There will be two different storage options, either 16GB or 32GB, and the battery comes in at 6700mAh. Sadly there are no estimates just yet how long that’ll last yet.

In terms of storage, there isn’t microSD expansion, which is a strange choice from Google. Being a tablet many will want to fill with media that will probably take up more room than the standard memory.

Naturally being a HTC produced device there are a set of BoomSound stereo speakers sat on the front of the device that are set to deliver some kick ass sound.

Camera wise there is an 8MP rear camera and the front snapper is a 1.6MP unit. Android Lollipop 5.0 will be onboard the device out of the box, as expected, along with its brand new Material Design appearance. Colour options for the Nexus 9 include black, white, and a pale beige kind of colour.

Nexus 9 Pricing & Release Date

If you’re planning to pick up a Nexus 9 you'll be pleased to know the pre-orders are open now. If you head on over to the Google Play Store you’ll find a page to pre-order the slate now for the price of £319.

After a pre-order you’ll then receive your tablet on November 3 when shipments begin. On the Google Play Store you can mix and match features until you find the perfect version you want depending on the colour,  storage size and whether you need some mobile internet connectivity.

Those in the US can also pre-order the Nexus 9 from HTC directly as well for $399.

Back in the UK, O2 has let us know it will be stocking the Nexus 9 but has yet to share prices. KYM has reached out to O2 for pricing details and if we hear a response we'll be sure to update this article.

Google has also announced the Nexus 6 smartphone and more features for Android L, now named Android Lollipop.

Amazon UK Pushes Back Release

Amazon UK seems to be having trouble getting the Nexus 9 in stock. Originally the online retailer planned to ship pre-orders on November 3 just like the Google Play Store and the general release. Now it seems there has been a setback and those that pre-order now will have to wait until December 15.

It isn’t a short amount of time either – that is a month and a half later and only just in time for Christmas. The Google Play Store is continuing to ship the Nexus 9 as per normal on November 3.

There is currently no sign of other retailers suffering from the same issues but is subject to change in the next week or so. 

Nexus 9 Tegra K1 Chip Benchmarked

The Nexus 9 isn't out in the wild yet but somone's managed to get hold of one and benchmark its 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. A Vietnamese tech blogger went hands-on with the new device and revealed a benchmark score in AnTuTu of 54,000, which compares favourably to the Exynos 5433 (Note 4) at 40,000 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 at 38,000.

The test also revealed the Tegra K1 64-bit chip uses a Denver CPU, which appears to be quicker than Apple's Cyclone CPUs from the A8 chip

Head on over to the next page for all the pre-announcement rumours and predictions.

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