Google has announced its HTC-built Nexus 9, which goes on sale today. Here we provide full details on the release date, price and specs. Also read our Google Nexus 9 hands-on review.
Nexus 9 release date
The Nexus 9 will go on sale on 3 November, and will be available to pre-order from 17 October (Friday). It will be available in 29 countries over the coming weeks. Also see: Best tablets 2014 and best Android tablets 2014
Nexus 9 price
The Nexus 9 is up for pre-order and the 16GB model will cost £319, matching the iPad mini 3. Meanwhile the 32GB capacity costs £399.These prices are from Amazon and match the Google Play store which is showing the sand colour as coming soon. It also seems the only LTE model is 32 GB and black at £459. See: Google kills Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.
16 GB + 4G LTE
32 GB + 4G LTE
Nexus 9 specs
The Nexus 9, built by HTC and running the latest Android Lollipop, has an 8.9in (2048x1536) IPS LCD screen with a 4:3 rather than 16:9 aspect ratio. Inside is a 2.3GHz nVidia Tegra K1 64-bit quad-core chip, 2GB of RAM, Kepler DX1 GPU and either 16- or 32GB of storage.
HTC BoomSound speakers - as seen in the HTC One M8 - offer immersive, distortion-free sound.
The Nexus 9 has a 6700mAh battery, which should be good for around nine hours.
Nexus 9 design
According to Google the Nexus 9 has a soft-grip back and subtle curves, and strikes a balance between easily fitting in your hand, being light and comfortable to use, and big enough for work or play.
Available in black, white and sand (although sand, along with a 4G LTE model, won't be available until later this year), the Nexus 9 has a thin bezel and brushed-metal sides.
A £110 Keyboard Folio case (above) is sold separately, which snaps to the Nexus 9 via magnets and allows you to alter the typing position. With this keyboard the Nexus 9 is able to compete with both the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and the iPad Air (although a new iPad Air is set to launch tomorrow - see how to watch iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad Pro launch event live: live blog and video stream).
There's also a more regular Nexus 9 Cover available in three different colours at £35. It folds into different stands and allows users to take photos easily by folding down one corner.
"Since more and more people want to have the same simple experience they have on their tablets when they have to do real work, we designed a keyboard folio that magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9, folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap like a laptop," said Google in an official blog post.
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HTC is rumoured to be making a new Nexus 9 tablet, codenamed 'Volantis' which could be the last Nexus tablet from Google. According to the latest rumours it might be unveiled today with Android L and a new 'sand' colour to go on sale 3 November. Here's what you need to know about the rumoured Nexus 9 release date, price and specs. Also see: Android L release date and new features and Nexus X release date, price and specs.
We've got plenty of rumours surrounding the Nexus 6, Nexus 8 and a new Nexus 10 but a new tablet is on the cards. According to Android Police, HTC is working on a Nexus 9 device which could be the last Nexus tablet from Google because of Android Silver. It's up the air whether Google will launch a Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 but we don't expect both to arrive so our money is on one or the other. See also: The best tablets of 2014: What's the best tablet in the UK right now?
Google Nexus 9: Leaked
The image above is the best looking leak we've seen of the Nexus 9 and it comes via upleaks which calls it the 'T1'. As you can see it has a very similar style and design to the Nexus 7 with the Nexus logo printed on the back which appears to have the same matt finish plastic rear cover.
It also wields the HTC logo putting more weight on the One M8 maker partnering with Google for this device. The shape also suggests a possible aspect ratio of 4:3 like the iPad mini which would be a departure from 16:9 as found on the Nexus 7.
Google Nexus 9: Release date
Google was expected to launch a new product at Google I/O back in June, but a Nexus 9 or any other tablet was a no-show. It's likely that the Nexus 9 will be the vehicle on which Google launches Android L in the coming weeks, unless the firm goes for the Nexus 8.
Android Police pegs the Nexus 9 for a Q4 2014 release adding that it will be the launch device for Android L. This is looking more and more likely with nVidia confirming in a document (a lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm which has been pulled from the net) that the "HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1."
Android Authority has reported that Android L will be launched on 15 or 16 October alongside the Nexus 9 and possible other Nexus devices. The latest tip-off comes from TK Tech News, which claims sources are saying the Nexus 9 will be here within a week, although no evidence is given.
A report from Bright Side of News states that Google will put the Nexus 9 up for pre-order on 15 October - that's today - with it set to go on sale 3 November.
We're yet to hear from Google about it so stayed tuned.
Google Nexus 9: Price
In terms of price, the Nexus 9 is expected to fetch $399 for the cheapest model. The 32GB edition will be $499 and LTE connectivity is a possibility, too. We expect it to be cheaper than £399 in the UK.
The above report from Bright side of news also touts $399 and says the Nexus 9 won't be exclusive to the Google Play store and will be available at 'most major retailers'.
Google Nexus 9: Specs
The specs of the Nexus 9 vary from rumour to rumour and we've been sent the below shot supposedly revealing what the tablet will offer in terms of hardware. This is by no means genuine and strangely doesn't give much detail about the screen. It's the first time we've seen mention of a new colour called 'sand'.
The Nexus 9, known as 'Volantis' in codename form, will feature an 8.9in display with a 2048 x 1440 resolution (that's 281ppi). It will be powered by an nVidia Logan Tegra K1 64-bit processor along with 2GB of RAM. Storage will be either 16- or 32GB and like other Nexus devices, there's no word on a microSD card slot.
TK Tech News has leaked the following CPU-Z information for the Nexus 9, plus Antutu benchmarks.
Cameras are reported to be 8Mp at the rear with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and 3Mp at the front.The leaked image at the top of the page shows an LED flash.
Remains specs are design-related and show that the Nexus 9 is thinner than the Nexus 7 at 7.87mm and will weigh 418g. It will use a 'zero-gap' aluminium construction and have front-facing stereo speakers. You can see the Android Police's own render based on the source information.
A new leak from TK Tech News suggests the Nexus 9 will come with a Type Cover.