HTC Nexus 9 passes through FCC

HTC Nexus 9 passes through FCC
The general rumors have pointed to the new Nexus 9 tablet (and maybe even the Nexus 6 phone) being released sometime within the next couple weeks or so. Of course, before that can happen, all devices need to pass through the FCC for approval. The Nexus 6 still hasn't found it to the FCC, but it looks as though the HTC Nexus 9 has just passed the FCC.

There isn't a huge amount of information in the FCC filing that gives away the fact that this is the Nexus 9. But, the listing does note that this is an HTC tablet, and there are no other HTC tablets that we know of in development, meaning this is almost definitely the Nexus 9. The only specs that can be taken from the filing are that the tablet has Bluetooth, NFC, and 802.11ac, and will come in 16 and 32GB variants. Rumors have said that the new Nexus tablet will also feature an 8.9-inch 1440x2560 display, a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera, and will likely launch with Android L. 

The earlier rumors had put the release of the tablet in mid-October, but more recent rumblings have said that it could be released as soon as this coming Wednesday, October 8th. If you want to split the difference, it could very well be that the tablet will be announced on the 8th and released around the 15th or 16th. We should find out soon enough. 

source: FCC via Android Police

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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. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013


2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Looks like a 64-bit Nexus and Android L will land in 2014. This is going to be fun :)

3. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Take my money!

4. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Better not be 3gb of ram with that 64bit soc :(

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yeah, it is a bit unfortunate. Google should put out a Nexus tablet that supports a small panel on the back giving access to two SO-DIMMs, for up to 16GB RAM. That would give developers the ability to easily develop and test on a system with 1-16GB RAM. Once mainstream Android is 64-bit, then we'll see all sorts of interesting designs. It's taking a little while, but Android tablets are evolving past the sterile iPad-like designs they seemed stuck on.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I don't think that would not work with the current tech Tablets/iPad and phones/iPhones don't have SO-DIMMs They have a SOC (System on Chip) which is the CPU, GPU and RAM all integrated into one chip It's mainly because there's no room for SO-DIMMs (tablets are probably too thin) and a SOC is probably cheaper Maybe with Project Ara there might be dedicated RAM component

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It's possible. It just depends on what interfaces the processor SoC makes available. For example, Nvidia's current TK1 development board supports external RAM. Which means with some additional work, SO-DIMMs could be supported. Part of the problem with Android phones/tablets is copying Apple and thinking "thin is everything". Thin is one thing. Having two SO-DIMMs (side by side, not stacked) is another thing. Different designs for different audiences. There is no reason to cripple a 64-bit Linux with Apple specs (i.e. thin, low RAM, etc.). Hopefully some enterprising Android hardware vendor will realize that 64-bit Android L can be quite a powerhouse. Certainly Intel and Nvidia and others want to sell chips. It helps to support more memory to support fast powerful chips.

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

It's a bit more complicated than that. Android L isn't going to use 64 bit memory addressing, because, very simply, it doesn't need it. AND it actually increases memory useless across the board. You don't want the crap that is apple's setup where they had memory issues in their stupid products from ios7, do you?

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Linux has been 64-bit a long time and works quite well. Android will have some growing pains, but fortunately Intel has been working on patching Android for 64-bit for the past couple years. IMO, the phone/tablet industry needs to move to 64-bit. It's a cleaner architecture than the older 32-bit ISAs/chip architectures and will ultimately make for better user experiences and added functionality.

22. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

You would face a pretty steep battery penalty with dedicated SO-DIMMs, which is fine on something with a big battery (laptop, but even most of those have mediocre battery life) or something that is constantly plugged in to the wall.

31. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

"Linux has been 64-bit a long time and works quite well." Which has nothing to do with it. The android dev team wanted to avoid the memory bloat with 64 bit addressing, something that with desktops is easier to cope with. "IMO, the phone/tablet industry needs to move to 64-bit.It's a cleaner architecture than the older 32-bit ISAs/chip architectures and will ultimately make for better user experiences and added functionality." All of which are benefits to armv8. Let's just put it this way: The vast majority of people don't even need 4GB of memory on the desktop. And what's even funnier is MS finally admitted as much when they cleaned up win8 to not be the memory hog that Vista was.

32. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I think we'll have to disagree on this one. While many people don't need 4GB of memory for a desktop, there are certainly a lot of professional users who would benefit. Even the machines for science students now often spec 16GB due to various application requirements. Like I said earlier, different designs for different audiences. Linux already includes some mechanisms for cutting down on the memory usage, i.e. the x32 ABI: "x32 ABI (Application Binary Interface), introduced in Linux 3.4, allows programs compiled for the x32 ABI to run in the 64-bit mode of x86-64 while only using 32-bit pointers and data fields.[56][57][58] Though this limits the program to a virtual address space of 4 GB it also decreases the memory footprint of the program and in some cases can allow it to run faster." (Wikipedia) I hope Google doesn't do something dumb and invent yet another addressing spec that delivers some minimal benefits in the short term, but hobbles 64-bit applications for years to come.

35. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Well if they adapt that, great. But I doubt android will be the OS for the 5% or less of non professionals who really need a desktop. Tell you what, I'll start seeing it being feasible when something like quickbooks, photoshop or autocad show up on any app store, in full blown format.

36. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It'll be interesting to see what apps appear over time. When there's a billion 64-bit devices, I think a lot of companies will be making interesting apps.

23. vincelongman

Posts: 5721; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yes, but my point was I doubt they can fit SO-DIMMs in a tablet's frame and make the back panel easily removable Especially they are now since they are so thin Even most ultrabooks now have Ram soldered onto their motherboard to save space and are very hard to open up

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yes, with a super thin tablet there would be issues. An option for SO-DIMMs to take less vertical space would be edge mounting them behind little "ports". So you'd pop off a port cover, similar to what is done on the Xperia Z phones and access the SO-DIMM that way. Maybe you would need a special tool, like is required for some SIM cards. I think many people who want a lot of RAM are ready to give up some thickness or add some bezel size. There are many customers who value functionality, not just form, or at least some better balance of form and functionality than what you get with a super thin iPad-like tablet.

28. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Nobody wants a thick tablet except you.

33. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I guess you've never seen an SO-DIMM. They are not very thick.

15. 21babydoll12 unregistered

I'll take 3gb ram. If it's LPDDR4 2100!

5. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014


6. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nice but was hopping for a 10.1" or 10.5" nexus tablet for home use. :(

12. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

The Note 10.1 2014 edition is nice,

7. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

3GB of RAM? Come on Google!

21. bendgate unregistered

You want 4GB? But its stock android which runs very smoothly on 2GB as well.

9. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

YES!! Been waiting to get a tablet until Google and HTC got back together. Hurry up and release it already!

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

16mp camera? on a tablet? I hope it has a flash, then I can use it with the Cam Scanner app and turn all the stupid paper hand outs at school into PDFs and go paperless!!!

13. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I use my phone to do that same thing. Having pictures of every hand out is pretty awesome.

16. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

16 Gb :-O I mean, :-O

37. Krjal

Posts: 431; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

My face was more like :/ It'd better have a memory card slot. 16gb is getting pretty small now.

17. quyenqchau0813 unregistered

Release it already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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