HTC's Hot Deals promotion has (had?) the Nexus 9 for just $199, more deals available in the coming weeks

HTC's Hot Deals promotion has (had?) the Nexus 9 for just $199, more deals available in the coming weeks
HTC today kicked off a promotion called Hot Deals, which allows customers in the US to buy various products at discounted prices. This is how it works: every Tuesday, for the next nine weeks, HTC will be selling a device - via HTC.com - for significantly less than its regular price. This Tuesday, November 4, HTC is offering the Nexus 9 16 GB for $199, instead of $399. Only limited quantities are available, and it seems that the $199 Nexus 9 is already gone, as attempting to buy one reveals the normal $399 price, or a $349 price (after you add the tablet to your cart). Even so, if you want to check out the deal for yourself, visit the source link at the end of this article. Mind you, it seems that some customers can't add the Nexus 9 to cart at all. 

More deals will be available in the next weeks, though HTC doesn’t say what products it’s going to offer.

The Nexus 9 went on sale yesterday as the first tablet to run Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. As you may know, the slate features an 8.9-inch display with 1536 x 2048 pixels, BoomSound speakers, Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 6700 mAh battery. You can find out much more about it by reading our Nexus 9 review.


source: HTC via Twitter

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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

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24 Comments

1. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Sigh, maybe it will go up again. I'd buy it in an instant at that price.

7. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Way to screw over early adopters HTC... ....yea no one forced early adopters to buy, but a fire sale 1 day after its release? I'd be pissed and try to return or ask for 200 back.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

HTC wouldn't own you anything This sale was just a quick bonus to the HTC fans, almost a giveaway Also $200 would be at a loss for HTC, since the Air 2 reportedly costs $275 in parts (no R&D and labour cost) And HTC are already in a bad financial position

11. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Have you read the ifixit article? This is clearly an overpriced budget tablet made out of cheap components from htc inventory leftover. htc is taking advantage of stock os to hype up the tablet. They just realized they priced these too high. there is no way htc, a financially stuggling company would sell these at a loss. The ipad might have cost 200 to make, but that is definitely not to case for nexus 9. there is no shortage of cheap android tablets with good specs. Even apple with their robust ecosystem is struggling in the tablet market. Imo, having a tablet is just one more extra device to keep charged all the time. The extra screen real estate was nice to have til everyone has a phablet. If you really want one, just wait and watch for another imminent price drop.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol if only more tablets had these cheap 64-bit K1 SOCs Google should of told ASUS to put the 64-bit K1 in the Nexus Player if its so cheap

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Next year, hopefully there will be more tablets with Tegra K1 Denver SOCs in them. But for now, it really does seem that the price on the Nexus 9 is inflated. Basically the Nexus 9 is an iPad mini 2. The 16GB version of the Nexus 9 should be around $279, not $399. Add to this that the reviews of the Nexus 9 have not been so great and many of them have stated that the iPad is a better value. When an Apple product is a better value than a Nexus, you should realize that Google has arrived at a sad and pathetic place.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Most review are inconsistent Some say the speakers really good (The Verge), others say they are quite bad (Android Police)https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2l7ih6/my_review_of_nexus_9_reviews/ I'd say its HTC having bad quality control Its much bigger than the Mini 3, but not quite the Air 2 size IMO if the build was One M8 quality and there were no screen issues the $400 price would be a great price, even $500 (iPad Air 2 price) would have been ok But since quality is inconsistent, and no metal body IMO pricing should be $300 for the 16GB, $350 for the 32GB and $400 for a 64GB

16. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I Agree -- it does seem that HTC is having quality control issues. Probably a good reason to stay away from this tablet for 3-4 months unless you really need it for development work or some other purpose. The tablet also has an issue with overheating, not just during games, but when watching movies or just lightweight use. This may be another quality control issue, but it might also be Nvidia's longstanding thermal issues with their Tegra chips. IMO, it would only be fair to price the Nexus 9 the same as the Air 2 if the Nexus 9 had the build quality, tablet app ecosystem, and customer service that are synonymous with Apple and the iPad. Otherwise, I think positioning the Nexus 9 as a somewhat larger version of the iPad mini 2 and pricing it around $279 is fair. If HTC can sell them at $199 and make money, it really speaks to "cheaply made out of cheap parts". Other than the SOC, mostly the Nexus 9 looks no better than the mini 2. The Nexus 9 has a bigger screen, but the screen has backlight issues. It's the shoddy quality control and component selection that HTC is known for. This is not worth a price premium.

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree with you on thermals, the teardown showed that there's just some copper foil, which won't be as good as Apple's aluminum plates on their Air 2 (aluminum can hold much more heat than copper) I seriously doubt HTC made money from those priced at $200 The components aren't actually bad, they're similar quality to those in the Air 2 E.g. both Air 2 and Nexus 9 have average cameras Battery life is report to be the same, or better on the Nexus 9 With CPU the K1 and A8X are basically the same in CPU & GPU performance (K1 has the edge in single core, but A8X has the edge in multi core and graphics) Though some are having issues with random performance drops on the Nexus 9, probably because to 64-bit Lollipop needs more polishing, some apps need updating for ART/Lollipop and maybe also because of thermal issues Except the 9 has build quality issues (e.g. flexing) and quality control (e.g. backlight issues) But if you get a bad 9 you could return it, though that's inconvenient and should be a thing since at $400 is considered a premium priced tablet HTC will fix build quality issues in the next batch (e.g. like the other Nexuses/iPhones) and HTC will probably step up quality control The few they sold for $200 was just for marketing/press I think the tablet app ecosystem isn't as bad as some people say, they there's still some gap, but IMO not deal breaking. Customer service isn't on par, but Google can't really compete with Apple in customer service unless if they open their on physical stores.

18. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Discounting latest electronic by 50% on launch date is questionable marketing tactic. Even if its just for a small batch. Any rational savvy consumer would just sit and wait for the next discount

19. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yep... waiting for the next discount or for Black Friday sales is what I am going to do. I was interested in 64-bit Android L, but spending iPad money on a cheaply made HTC seems foolish. VL pointed out that the Nexus 9 only has a thin piece of copper foil as a heatsink... I am not spending close to $500 for a cheap piece of crap like that. If it were $200, I could accept some issues, some cut corners like that.

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Well that's the reason HTC is in financial trouble, while Apple/Samsung/LG are still rising I'd agree with waiting, especially as by that time HTC should have fixed the build quality/quality control issues as well

20. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Thanks for pointing out the issue with the hack of a cooling solution that HTC slapped together. That's going to be a problem for the life of the tablet. Just as they did with the M7 and M8, HTC will fix the production issues. But the Nexus 9 will likely never showcase the Tegra K1 very well unless HTC rethinks heat management.

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Apple has been charging a premium for IOS and customer service for years, it is about time they stopped charging for something they designed 5 years ago. And if their products cost as much as their competitors, they wouldn't be available to afford great customer service either. I don't condone paying for better service unless it is the service industry such as a restaurant.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I think 279 is a bit low since it does have the K1 and a high res screen but 429 canadian is pretty steep. I think 329 maybe.

2. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Yay, it's US customers only. Just yay. o.e and yes, i am jelly. :(

3. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Wow! I would have jumped on that at that price!

4. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Sold out just like the nexus 6 pre-order. Good job HTC on marketing

5. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

They should drop the price for atleast 3 days

8. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Why? They wanna be noticed, but they still want to make money you know.

6. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

good job getting page hits HTC -_-

10. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

That's hot

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I really want a device with Android L but the two new Nexus devices don't really interest me but I would jump on this for 199, even if it is HTC.

23. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Why just US :-/

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