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Nexus 9 demand is so high that HTC needs to expand its production capacity

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Nexus 9 demand is so high that HTC needs to expand its production capacity
HTC North Asia president Jack Tong spoke at a product launch ceremony in Taipei recently, where he revealed that demand for the Nexus 9 has been surprisingly high and HTC is currently expanding its production capacity, in an attempt to keep up with orders.

HTC did run a Hot Deals promo this Tuesday, which offered "several hundred" Nexus 9 units at a 50% discount. Apparently, the influx of orders was so large that HTC's servers started experiencing load-induced issues. None the less – the tablets were sold-out and gone by the end of the day.

We don't know if this sale had anything to do with Mr. Tong's announcement, but apparently, the Google-branded slate is so popular that HTC is thinking about launching its own tablet next year, which says something, as the company's last produced tablet came out back in February 2011 and wasn't really successful. Mr. Tong did point out, however, that the tablet market is currently oversaturated and in decline, so a unique product must be conceived, if it is to be successful, and that HTC is still thinking on how to go about that. He also noted that 7" slates have been all but killed off by the phablet-class smartphones, so it is more than likely that HTC will be looking to produce a bigger tablet.

The Nexus 9 is this year's incarnation of a Google-branded tablet and the first slate ever to be loaded with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google likes to form partnerships with ODMs, in order to bring one smartphone and one tablet each year, loaded with a "vanilla" version of Android, providing the user experience that Google intended. This experience is enjoyed by many, which, combined with the fact that the HTC-made Nexus 9 is a top-notch-hardware monster, makes it one of the most desirable tablets to come out this year.

source: TaipeiTimes via G4Games

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posted on 06 Nov 2014, 04:52 2

1. vincelongman (Posts: 5042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

HTC please step up quality control first
The reviews were so inconsistent
It seemed as if reviewers were getting completely different devices

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 05:28 3

2. rj_78 (Posts: 42; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

What type of quality are you talking about?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:33 1

6. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Well they had a lot of inconsistency in the software, not the hardware. So HTC isn't the issue, it would have to be the initial installation of Android L on the Nexus 9.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 08:11 1

9. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Right, there was a day 1 update for the Nexus 9, but some reviews used the pre-production build of the software because they got review units early.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 13:03

17. valapsp (Posts: 561; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

amazon orders are backordered because the quality of the tablets were not satisfactory.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 14:24

20. vincelongman (Posts: 5042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Many people are complaining about light bleed and their backs flexing

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:14 5

3. NexusX (Posts: 561; Member since: 16 May 2013)

Demand is high because they were sold for 200

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:17 8

4. imnotascammer (Posts: 160; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

Too hard to admit its a great tablet?

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:29 5

5. DBounce (Posts: 157; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)

funny, I paid $500 at bestbuy for my 32gb version, right after I returned my $829 LTE 128gb iPad Air 2. Let me tell you, the Nexus 9 with Lollipop blows away the iPad Air 2. The problem with the review units is most of them rolled out before Google pushed the update that fixed the problems many were seeing. When I first powered on my Nexus 9 it immediately started doing the update so I never experienced any of the reported problems. The Nexus 9 is by far the most modern and smooth tablet out as of this writing. For Apple to compete, they would need a total rewrite of iOS.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:35 1

7. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Which is the tragic part because those updates will not be taken into account where as all the Apple reviews literally glossed over every problem with iOS 8. They gave them a pass because they were "expected" to be fixed shortly where as the Nexus devices were apparently going to live with their problems forever.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 07:42 2

8. c.hack (Posts: 614; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)

Hilarious because a friend of mine bought the Nexus and thought it was cool. The I showed him my iPad Air 2. The iPad is twice as fast, has a much much better screen (the Nexus is dim and muddy in comparison) and had 128 GB RAM - enough for all my apps and photos. His only saving grace was that there are so few apps in the Google Play store he will never hit his 32 GB limit. The iPad Air 2 just blows the Nexus right out of the water. Poor Nexus. My friend is returning his tomorrow.

Basically Nexus tried desperately to copy the iPad but still fell well short.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 08:32 5

11. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Wow, its like you copy and pasted that straight from the verge. Also, I didn't know paid shrills had friends, unless you mean your one imaginary friend with said generic "nexus". Don't know why he had an imaginary "Nexus" to begin with, you could have just imagined him with an iPad from the start.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 08:53

13. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Also, you are going to have games optimize for a tablet, unlike the nexus.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:06 4

14. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

Even a blind person can see you are trolling

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 09:46 1

15. Mfa901 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)

128 GB RAM....

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 08:35

12. NexusX (Posts: 561; Member since: 16 May 2013)

why are people still obsessed with specs? tablets/smartphones shouldn't be competing in smoothness and specs. it's all about what you can do with them.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 08:14 2

10. newbey123 (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)

This isn't really surprising. It's a great combination of Google and HTC. Best tablet on the market, good job on making this monster.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 12:22

16. TRUVILLE (Posts: 146; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Funny when I ask a apple user how to watch movies,read books,listen to music, they give me a reply like downloaded from iTunes, Netflix,crackle, and etc that you have to pay for subscription then when I show them that I can get all that for free on android they feel stupid as a crash dummy waiting to get hit by a car.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 13:57

18. Tuxedo (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

So you get free Netflix on Android and get free movies from Play Movies? Funny

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 14:16

19. TRUVILLE (Posts: 146; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

No Netflix is not free you have to pay, what I'm saying is I can download all TV shows, movies free even the ones in the movies, I can download all music free new and old, I can download any book or magazine free without hacking. You can't do this on apple . and that's why I don't buy it.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 14:31

21. TRUVILLE (Posts: 146; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Let me break this down for apple users face it apple is limited. IPhone is like Gerber baby food. I showed a co worker who use apple what I can do with my android phone he tried to do it with his iPhone and it didn't work. The movies I saw Lucy,need for speed,Hercules, guardians of the galaxy all free. Why would I want to pay for something I can get for free inummies!!

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