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

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

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.

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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. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

10. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011


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.

37. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Its called light reflection

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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?

33. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Also they've been sold thru Staples stores as well

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

2. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

7. DBounce

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

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

12. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

21. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

11. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

25. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

26. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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.

3. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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

4. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

6. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

From front its beautiful, has less bazel, compared to ugly nexus 7 This looks like an a true android version of iPad

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's a render.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know that's not what it looks like right? g2a5b0e is right!

38. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

5. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

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

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

27. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

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

39. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

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

16. newbey123

Posts: 701; Member since: Mar 19, 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.

18. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

19. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

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