Hours before the release of Apple's much-awaited updated iPads, Google strategically unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet. Designed by HTC, the new 8.9-inch tablet runs Android 5 Lollipop out-of-the box. It's the first Nexus-branded tablet manufactured by Taiwan's HTC - best known for its award winning premium handsets.
The hardware, however, is considerably improved over previous generation Nexus-branded tablets. Like any other HTC-manufactured device, the Nexus 9 tablet looks genuinely high-end. Although made out of plastic looking materials, the sides of the tablet seem to be covered with pure metal.
The HTC-made Nexus 9 sports an 8.9-inch screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536-pixels. The display has a ratio of 4:3 as opposed to 16:9. Google is giving special emphasis on the Nexus 9's internal hardware. As it was rumored, the Nexus 9 is powered by a 2.3GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 (64-bit) processor, paired with 2GB of RAM.
In the imaging department, the Nexus 9 tablet offers improved dual-cameras. There's an 8-megapixel camera given on the rear, and a 1.6-megapixel front-facing shooter for video chat.
HTC has also added its BoomSound speaker technology to this tablet for superb sound. Overall, the tablet seemed to have impressive specs, featuring HTC's trademark design.
Google Nexus 9 tablet runs Google's latest Android 5.0 lollipop mobile operating system, which the company demoed earlier this year.
The Nexus 9 isn't cheap in respect of pricing. It will be available in either black or white and comes in three variants: 16GB for $399 (Rs. 24,440), 32GB for $479 (Rs. 29,219) and an LTE-enabled 32GB model for $599 (Rs. 36,600).
Unfortunately, you can't expand the internal memory on the Nexus 9. The Nexus 9 is ready to be purchased, starting November 4. Google hasn't announced pricing of the Nexus 9 for Indian users.
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With the Nexus 9, Google is going after the Surface range of tablets, designed and marketed by Microsoft Corp. That foldable case called a "keyboard folio" magnetically attaches to the Nexus 9 and can be folded into two different angles.
Android 5.0 Lollipop
The Nexus 9 will be among the few select devices to get the latest Android 5.0 update. Lollipop features a redesigned user interface referred to as Material Design, along with improvements to the lock screen and notification menu.
Large 8.9 Inch Screen
The new tablet has a bigger 8.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display. The 8.9-inch screen should be enough to enjoy multimedia content.
Google promises around 9 hours of battery life on the new Nexus 9. The battery seems to enough to run movies all day.
Under the hood is a 64-bit processor powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 chipset. The tablet also offers 2GB of RAM.