Nexus 9 is now official, flexing 64-bit Tegra K1 muscle

Google has just taken the wraps off the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet made in collaboration with HTC and featuring a pure Android 5.0 Lollipop experience.

Design: 9" screen, HTC-made, with dual front speakers

The Nexus 9 is made by HTC and it shows: the tablet carries the signature for HTC dual front-firing speakers as its most recognizable design accent. HTC and Google have also settled on using a brushed aluminum frame rather than a full-on metal body in order to keep price down. The 9-inch tablet is not too chubby with a thickness of 0.31" (7.9mm), and it weighs 0.94 pounds (425g) for the Wi-Fi model, and a bit more for the LTE version. The new Nexus tablet will come in a choice of Indigo Black, Lunar White, and Sand (the latter available later on).

The display is quintessential for the media-driven tablet experience, and to be perfectly exact, the one on the Nexus 9 is 8.9 inches in size with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. This works out to a pixel density of aroudn 288ppi, which means a sharp image with very little pixelization. The aspect ratio is a photo-friendly 4:3, the same one used on rival tablets like the iPad.

Android Lollipop on a tablet

The Nexus 9 is the first device to run on Android L, but it’s also the first tablet to run on Google’s new platform, showing what the tablet experience looks like.

Nexus 9: powered by Nvidia’s Tegra K1, gamers rejoice

Having Nvidia’s powerful Tegra K1 on board the Nexus 9 is great as this is one of the first devices to come with this chip. It’s in fact the first tablet to ship with Nvidia’s new, dual-core 64-bit Denver CPU core architecture.

Denver is an impressively large core with a desktop-class, wide, 7-issue superscalar design, with clock speeds of up to 2.3GHz. It also comes with a large amount of L1 cache: 128K+64K (I$/D$). Interestingly, Denver is rumored to have originally been designed with desktop machines in mind, but eventually it ended up on mobile devices.

The tablet comes with 2GB of RAM, and it also features the Kepler with 192 shader cores that has shown it performs at the top of the charts, which will make the device a delight for gamers.

Nexus 9 battery life

Google's new tablet comes with a large, 6700mAh battery that will last around 9 hours, according to the official specifications.

Nexus 9 price, release date, and carriers

Nexus 9 comes in a choice of black and white, and you can get one of three versions: a 16GB Wi-Fi model for $399, a 32GB one for $479, and a 4G LTE-equipped 32GB version for $599.

In the United States, you'll be able to buy the Nexus 9 on the Google Play Store, Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and others. T-Mobile will be selling the cullular version, with availability starting on November 12th.

source: Google

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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. Saioofi

Posts: 344; Member since: May 23, 2014

281ppi? Are you serious?

5. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Meh , i just wanna see K1 Go beast mode on L :D

9. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

That is good enough. I hope this will be like how they priced the nexus7. Will this be for 2 yrs? Like the nexus7?

24. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

waste product going to be flop plz google u never suceed u better with search

58. av911 unregistered

waste comment you sound stupid plz learn English u better if you don't comment

10. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

IDK if that is correct as the official Google page shows a different resolution from what is shown here. QXGA (2048x1536) is what is on the Google store which should be aproximately 287 PPI

28. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I think the ppi is just fine for a tablet that size. Google is killing it with BOTH the Nexus 6 & the SEXY Nexus 9. Kudos to Google, Motorola & HTC!

63. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Kudos? Some people will buy anything! 2 gigs of ram are not sufficient! The 4:3 aspect ratio sucks & not even a damm SD card! I expected more considering the price!

30. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

We should really be annoyed about the 4:3 ratio, watching videos will be even more annoying than it is on my iPad air

34. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Google can put a $500 price tags on their tablets when their ecosystem is as robust as IOS. this is a big mistake

41. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

no where does it say that it's $500...

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Where are you getting the news from?

25. Meccalangelo

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Not sure where they are getting it from. They mentioned it comes in two colors while the horses mouth says it comes in 3 colors.

3. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

today the nexus 9 and tomorrow the air 2 clash of tabs

4. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Really disappointed with the pricing...its one of the things the nexus brand stood for

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can't expect a Quad HD screen to be priced at $349. Denver K1 is driving it too, making it the most powerful tab.

13. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Its not as if nexus was behind all the other times as well...

44. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

You can and you should expect. Xiaomi sells MiPad with Tegra K1 32-bit and same resolution display at around 250USD.

16. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

and u think 399 for 16gb wifi , while 479 for 32gb wifi is normal for nexus??? even apple increased 100 for the 16 to 64gb jump for the iphone....

43. Busyboy unregistered

Papa, the Xiaomi MiPad has a Quad HD screen and a Nvidia K1. Priced below $300. So, your comment is invalid.

45. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The Xiaomi has a 32 bit quad core K1, not the 64 bit dual core (which is a lot better).

47. Busyboy unregistered

So does that justify a 200$ price increase?

49. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Together with amoled (which is a more expensive screen) and supports the notification in Android L and the always on listening chip and stock Android, I would choose the Nexus 6 over a MiPad, which isn't available in my country anyways. And it's not 200 dollars more. The cheapest one is 399, which features 16GB Wifi like the MiPad, it's only 100 dollars more or so. And the MiPad is 309 without shipping and taxes.

51. Busyboy unregistered

You can find it below 300$ on other websites. All I'm saying is that they could have easily charged 350$ for it.

55. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I'm not saying it's worth the price premium (will reserve my judgement until I see the Nexus myself), but the Mipad has poor build quality and overheating issues (just do a search in Google). The Nexus 9 also has a sleeker body and dual front facing speakers. Also, as Rebel said, it has a much more powerful 64-bit SOC. Still though, would be interesting to see how the two actually compares. Having said that, the Nexus 9 is overly expensive. Based on rumours the next iPads seems to have better bang for buck although they don't have the awesome HTC trademark Boomsound speakers. Also, the relatively "small" battery makes me wonder how long it can run the power hungry K1 chip.

52. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

MiPad's actual price is $245 (1499 yuan) within %17 sale tax of China. Tegra versions hardly make any cost difference. So software too. Right, AMOLED displays more expensive but not that expensive. AND it isn't AMOLED, it's IPS LCD. Check out the official page. Just Nexus 6's display is AMOLED, not Nexus 9.

53. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

My bad, thought this one was amoled too. Still nice you can buy it in china for 245, but I don't live in China.

57. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I don't live in China too. I can't purchase MiPad directly from Xiaomi exactly like I can't purchase Nexus' from Google Play.

59. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

A tablet that will never see an update? Pass.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh my god. Google knocked it out of the park this year with the new Nexus line!

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