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HTC Nexus 9 to be unveiled on October 15th: release date set for Nov 3rd, price said to be $399

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HTC Nexus 9 to be unveiled on October 15th: release date set for Nov 3rd, price said to be $399
Where’s smoke there must be fire: Google’s next Nexus tablet is coming and it will arrive under the Nexus 9 moniker with an official unveiling on October 15th and a release date on November 3rd, retailing for a price of $399, according to inside sources speaking for Brightsideofnews.com.

The Nexus 9 is expected to feature a very high resolution and be powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1 system chip. There’s no clarity whether we’d see the quad-core 32-bit version of the K1 chip or the dual-core 64-bit version (which will clearly be a better fit for the 64-bit-optimized Android L). We do know, however, that Nvidia dropped the following hint on its blog:

“And for hard-core Android fans, take note that we’re already developing the next version of Android – “L” – on the 64-bit Tegra K1.”

What this means is most likely that the Nexus 9 could launch with the 64-bit K1, featuring a dual-core Nvidia Denver CPU. Of course, another big highlight of the K1 chip is that it comes with a 192-shader Kepler GPU that we’ve seen rank on the top of graphics benchmarks. Of course, it will also have to deal with the load of the high resolution of the Nexus 9, and expectations are for the 9-inch screen to arrive with a Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1600 pixels).

The higher, $399 price is also a bit of a surprise given that Google’s last two 7-inch tablets were priced around the $200 price point, so this time around, it’s clear that the company is gunning for a more high-end device.

Finally, Google seems to also break the Google Play exclusivity model and the Nexus 9 is expected to arrive at other retailers as well. So far, Play Store exclusivity often meant a device would get limited sales numbers. This move will open up the Nexus tablet series to a wider audience.

Alleged Nexus 9 image (unconfirmed)

Alleged Nexus 9 image (unconfirmed)


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posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:09

1. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


On non subsidized markets, that would cost a helluva lot more

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:34 14

10. Victor.H (Posts: 632; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Nope.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:30 1

20. steedsofwar (unregistered)


Isn't that leak heavily/poorly doctored? Why keep reposting that? The nexus logo has half the N missing and the right edge of the tablet has been cropped away deforming the dimensions.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 19:07

37. nathan.carter (Posts: 416; Member since: 11 Aug 2014)


Its called light reflection

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 10:59 1

22. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hey, Victor, I'm a bit confused by the "Google Play exclusivity" part. Recent Nexus devices have been available from a number of different retailers, including Sam's Club and Best Buy. In fact, several Best Buys have dedicated Kiosks showing off the Nexus 5, 7, and Chromecast.

I've bought two Nexus devices and neither came from the Play Store; I bought my Nexus 5 from Sprint (before I brought it over to T-Mobile), and I bought my dad a Nexus 7 from Best Buy.

Did you mean something else that I'm not grasping?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 15:05

33. LionStone (Posts: 717; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Also they've been sold thru Staples stores as well

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:24

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4801; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What are you talking about? How do you figure this?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:12 1

2. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Not at that price. I paid only $130 for my 2013 Nexus 7 and I will have Android L just as quick.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:45 4

7. DBounce (Posts: 144; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


But you won't be running the 64bit version.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:06 2

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Don't believe Apple's hype train. How many third party apps have you downloaded take full advantage of Apples 64 bit processor truly make a difference? And my Nexus 7 runs silky smooth with plenty of custom roms. 64 bit will only matter once we see over 3GB of ram.
Not saying that I won't get the Nexus 9. But I'll wait until it's half the cost in about 8 months; just like how I got my Nexus 7.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:39 2

21. Iodine (Posts: 1285; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Apple hype train ? What that even means ?

And if you didn't noticed the mobile industry is rushing to go 64-bit for few years already.
You got all defeault and Apple apps on 64-bit, many games and profesional apps on 64-bit. And the benefits are huge, you got faster app loading for example, and more horsepower to work with overall. It also pulls less power.
And yeah 64-bit will only matter to you when it will finally arrive to android.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:01

11. boosook (Posts: 1415; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Aside from the 10'' screen, did you read the specs? And did you read anything about the performance of the K1?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:31 3

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4801; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is going to be my tablet. I will buy this along with my Google Nexus 6 or X. My wife will get the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

It's going to be a GREAT holiday season this year!

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:01

25. terabyteRouser (Posts: 457; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol that thing is so slow. i just bought a moto x (2014) and the speed difference is NIGHT and DAY. you can keep your dated nexus 7, but im sure he wont compare to this new device.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:04

26. DnB925Art (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 May 2013)


That's what I did for the 2013 Nexus 7. I waited for a sale during Christmas time last year, found Staples had it on sale, then had it price matched to Best Buy, then AMEX gave addition $25 at best Buy with Twitter/AMEX SYNC and a $25 Google Play gift card came with the purchase from Best Buy as part of their promotion for buying the Nexus 7, so it came out to around $130 or something like that. Slick Deals/Fat Wallet is your friend ;)

It was my Christmas present to my wife and to this day she practically loves the Nexus 7. Uses it all the time at home.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:14 2

3. maverick786us (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


This tablet seems to be a beauty compared to ugly Nexus 7 and 10

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:28 3

4. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


I don't understand. Nexus 9's back cover is nearly the same, compared to Nexus 7.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:36 3

6. maverick786us (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


From front its beautiful, has less bazel, compared to ugly nexus 7
http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-Nexus-9-passes-through-FCC_id61366

This looks like an a true android version of iPad

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:55 4

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


That's a render.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:26

15. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4801; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know that's not what it looks like right?

g2a5b0e is right!

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 09:31

38. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


It says alleged and unconfirmed pictures, so it's not a concept. And tablets of nexus series have a similar backs.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 12:50

41. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I was referring to the link posted in comment #6. Also, renders & concepts are not the same thing.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:36 1

5. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


the above tablet (nexus 9?) is just a stretched nexus 7 fhd but with a matte back lol

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:03 1

9. Mreveryphone (Posts: 369; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


Nice but I'll stick with the tab s. Sd card slot on tablets is a must! As well as IR blaster.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:17 2

13. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I looked at the Tab S. Magazine UX may be fine for some people, but it's pretty much opposite the stock Nexus experience. It just looked cluttered to me.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:06

27. Mreveryphone (Posts: 369; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


True but a tablet is supposed to be used for versatility and productivity... For me a stock tablet is useless... For ME.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 09:33

39. garlic456 (Posts: 251; Member since: 24 Dec 2012)


I don't think an sd card slot is that much necessary. IR blaster is something really cool, though.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:29 1

16. newbey123 (Posts: 553; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


YES! Been waiting for this to come out to pick up a tablet. Best table about to hit the market. Google and HTC finally back together, unleash the beast.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:46

18. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'd love to see another major player in the tablet space. Apple, Samsung, and Amazon have basically set the specs and price points, but the Nexus is its own beast. Let's see how the market takes to it.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:04

19. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Hey Victor, this is kind of off-topic, but when, realistically, do you think Google will put a discount on the Nexus 5?...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 11:42 2

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4270; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I don't think Google puts discounts on their Nexus. Usually the newer versions just replace the older ones in the Play Store, and you have to buy the older versions from other retailers, and they'll have it at a lower price.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:09

29. DnB925Art (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 May 2013)


They did with the Nexus 4. It was discounted when the 5 replaced it at the Play Store until it was sold out for good.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:08

28. DnB925Art (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 May 2013)


If they do what the did with the Nexus 4, it will probably be discounted right before the Nexus 5 starts selling in the play store if their plan is to discontinue the Nexus 5.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:18

30. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That's good to hear; gives me some time to sell my Nexus 5...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 11:30

23. Sakeem (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I wonder if this will get any type of marketing.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:38

31. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Nvidia Shield Tab is better than this. Not to mention that $100 extra.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 15:23 1

35. Bjray (Posts: 177; Member since: 29 May 2014)


The Shield Tab has a more attractive price, that's it. Name one thing it has over the Nexus 9.

But the $100 more isn't for nothing either.

1: Larger display with QHD resolution
2: 64-bit K1 SoC variant
3: "Nexus experience"

That's worth $100 extra...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 15:03

32. CreeDiddy (Posts: 603; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Google realized that they priced their products to low. Now they are asking for $399 for a product they sold last year for $249-$299. Good luck with that.

Google is a smartphone brand is not considered a high end product, but a product that is affordable to the consumer.

It is Google's best interest to take control of their OS, similar to Apple and Microsoft, rather than rely on manufacturing partner's to push their product for their pay per click ad service.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 15:15

34. Totse2k15 (Posts: 448; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


Nice specs and all, but I'd rather have the next new Samsung Galaxy Tab S II instead. Don't need a tab atm or soon anyway.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 17:52

36. Webmutation (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Hahahaha yeah of, i will buy that for €400... NOT!

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 12:35

40. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This is going to be a great developer device. Can't wait until it is available through some channel other than Google.

posted on 12 Oct 2014, 18:58

42. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 267; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)


htc = best

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