Google Nexus 9 now available to pre-order in Play Store and from HTC

Google Play is now accepting pre-orders for the brand new HTC-made Nexus 9 - one day after Amazon started taking pre-orders for the tablet in the US, Germany, and France.

As we told you before, prices for the Nexus 9 start at $399 (16 GB, Wi-Fi-only), and go up to $599 (32 GB, Wi-Fi + LTE). For the moment, only the black and white Nexus 9 models can be ordered, with the sand one expected to be available soon. Google says it can ship the 16 GB Wi-Fi and 32 GB Wi-Fi versions of the slate in 2 - 3 weeks, so you should receive it around November 3 (by the way, this is the tablet’s official launch date).

Interestingly, you can also pre-order the Nexus 9 Wi-Fi directly from HTC (US only), which seems to be able to ship it on October 31. Best Buy is another place where you can buy a Nexus 9 from, and GameStop should also start accepting orders at some point.

As you’ve probably noticed, the Nexus 9 is Google’s most advanced tablet to date. Running Android 5.0 Lollipop, the slate sports an 8.9-inch IPS display with 1536 x 2048 pixels, and is powered by a 64-bit, dual-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. Other features include dual speakers, 8 MP rear camera, 1.6 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 6700 mAh battery. The new Nexus tablet weighs 436 grams, and measures 228.25 x 153.68 x 7.95 mm. So, who's getting one?

sources: Google, HTC via Droid-life

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Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh



1. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Wow just cant wait

2. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Tempting, but I'm still pretty happy with my Nex10. Might have to wait for the reviews on this one.

20. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I'd just keep using my Nexus 10 but unfortunately, I used my 2 year old launch model so much that the battery dies about at 35% now. I'd replace the 9000 mah monster battery but I'd rather use that money on a replacement. Too bad they just didn't make another Nexys 10.

3. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I'm tempted, but I don't really feel the need for a tablet...

4. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Hey ... good looking.

5. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Wow, talk about being blatant and bold.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why no one bring class action suit or anti trust suit against google? they are taking unfair advantage of releasing their own phones with the latest android version and others dont have the same privillage... why google is launching android L on nexus? they should launch android and nexus seperately

7. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I don't understand what you are trying to say the Nexus devices always ship with a new version of android first to act as a reference as how android should be for developers and for OEMS to build upon that? Google makes android so there is nothing wrong with them releasing it first, and I'm sure the OEMs have the code to update their devices but most of them add their own skin on top of it and takes more time to implement!

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow. Slap yourself for that comment. Seriously. Google makes Android. It is THEIR product. They can do with it whatever they please. Don't be so dense.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

LOL! Go ahead and dl android l source code and build u own ROM for u device.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Dude the other manufacturers don't want to use regular android software which is better because of timely updates , do your homework before commenting

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Somehow it seems silly for Google to ship a 64-bit tablet with 2GB RAM and a 32-bit phablet with 3GB RAM.

10. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

if they had 10gb ram you will still find a way to complain. your just onc of those people who always find a way to complain no matter how good is something.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And you are one of those people who whines about people who point out legitimate issues and then calls them complainers? I'm surprised you are not buying an iPad.

13. marbog

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

What a f*** you doing with 10000 gb ram? Buy PC !

16. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

If you said so, what about the competitor who ship a 64-bit phone with 1GB RAM? I don't think Android need more RAM than 2gigs. This is not even an issue. I know that everything has its pros and contras. And the one who made the contras is you. Stop complaining when you never feel that issue.

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

This article is about a Nexus, not an iPhone/iPad. So let's stay on topic. We don't need to have a "fairness disclaimer" on every single post. I take it you have never seriously used an Android tablet with only 2GB RAM. Once you open a bunch of browser tabs or a few apps that have embedded browsers (Amazon shopping app for instance), the device will begin to lag. When you get close to 2GB, apps will start to work strangely, i.e. not displaying icons and such because there is no RAM. More and more 32-bit Android devices (G3, Note3/Note4, Z2/Z3, OnePlusOne, Galaxy Tab S, etc.) are shipping with 3GB because there isn't enough RAM for a lot of multitasking. Which, by the way, is one of the key platform features. So when Google decides to offer a 64-bit device for top dollar and picks 2GB RAM, it is lame. Some people need more than 2GB RAM. And developers really need some hardware to prepare for the 64-bit future, i.e. 4GB+ RAM. At the very least, Google should offer a Nexus 9 with 4GB RAM like all the rumors mentioned they would.

29. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Hmm I admit that I've never used a Nexus tablet. I cinsider your comment as an input. Thanks.

12. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

Finally, one non Apple article on the front page.

15. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

What about other countries ? Nexus 9 or nvidia shield tab whichever comes first.

17. saeedscorpion

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Nexus 9 beats ipad air 2 for sure / im not a fanboy i always try everything im waiting for reviews nexus 9 vs ipad air 2 / nexus 6 vs iphone 6

18. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

they always just say ipad air2 as they go down the apps side of things and so on

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Two things holding me back on this even though my nexus 10 needs to be replaced. One is that HTC made it so I fully expect the metal trim to scuff even in a case like the M8, rattling buttons like all HTC devices, or some pathetic quality control that only HTC or Asus can manage. The other thing is I really do not want to downsize from a 300 ppi rgb stripe 10.1 inch screen. The new QHD Galaxy tabs are pentile. The QHD Asus tablets have s**t processors or s**t Asys quality. This and the Tab Prob 8.4 are closer to Nexus 7 or iPad mini size than 10 inch tablet size.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The Nexus 9 is an IPS display, so it should be superior to the Nexus 10 in most aspects except for ppi. Obviously the Nexus 9 doesn't offer 10"+ screen size and has only 2GB RAM (i.e. what you got in 2012 on a Nexus 4), but does offer Android L with a fast 64-bit chip and a lot of graphics horsepower. The Nexus 9 is good for early adopters and developers. Considering that there will be a greater variety of 64-bit tablets and phones starting around Christmas, unless you need something now, it is probably better to wait and pick the device that best matches your wants/needs.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Uh the Nexus 10 is an PLS display. Same s**t different name. It also patents some of Sharps IGZO technology. It was state of the art back then and probably still the second best tablet display next to the tab pro 8.4. From what I have seen at least and how I use it. Auto brightness.

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I agree. The Nexus 10 had a very good panel for its time. The point I wanted to make was that many newer IPS panels are superior to what was made some years ago. Obviously, I don't know what quality the Nexus 9 IPS panel is, but if Google specified a high quality IPS panel, there is a good chance that it will be better than an older PLS panel.

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

HTC and JDI do make some nice displays. Here is hoping if I get it, it's a nice screen. I would still rather not downsize my screen though if I don't have to.

26. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I wonder why there's no complaint about the aspect ratio. I like everything except it. No one likes to watch movie on the tablet except I do?

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I don't mind the aspect ratio because I surf the web more than I watch movies and game. Although for plants vs zombies and stuff like that 16:9 is way better.

30. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

any carrier will get the nexus 9?

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