Only "several hundred" Google Nexus 9 tablets were sold yesterday at half the price, more might be offered soon

Yesterday, HTC launched a promotion called Hot Deals, which offered US customers the chance to buy the brand new Nexus 9 tablet for only $199 (a 50% discount from the regular $399 price). Unfortunately, only a relatively small number of customers managed to snag a Nexus 9 at that price, and we now know why.

Today, HTC America President Jason Mackenzie said that only “several hundred” Nexus 9 units were included in the offer. Moreover, he acknowledged that the HTC website (where the promotion was hosted) “did not function properly”, thus frustrating many of those who wanted to buy a $199 Nexus 9. HTC is currently fixing the issues, and is committed to offering a seamless experience in the future. Speaking of which, the Hot Deals promotion will continue each Tuesday in the weeks to come (eight weeks in total). The Nexus 9 may be part of the deal again, but, if not, there will surely be other HTC devices offered at discounted prices.

Here’s Jason Mackenzie full letter regarding yesterday’s misadventures:

source: HTC

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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. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

in the meantime, my HTC Nexus 9 has not yet shipped from Amazon... Maybe Google is punishing them for preordering early...

2. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Mine just got shipped yesterday which I will receive it by tomorrow thru prime 2 day. But sad to say the smart cover was notified of no definite date on when it will ship.

3. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

What if they have a new HTC One Max for the last week?

4. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Cool, I'll be buying one next Tuesday and selling it for full price. If it wasn't an HTC product I'd buy it but I hate HTC products. Would rather it be a Samsung or Asus made tablet.

15. DocOc78

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

HTC has the best build quality in the industry

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013 Suck TC build quality at its best. Plus I just realized that this doesn't have a notification light. holy crap HTC. Google, please hand back the reigns to Samsung or LG. I knew for a fact that HTC and their Taiwanese buddy Asus don't care about manufacturing quality but this is just disgusting.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Didn't ASUS have fairly good build quality for their Nexus 7s? Except the first one had the outdated Tegra 3 and s**tty memory There weren't many issues with the 2013 model, I remember most reviews were 8-9/10 HTC's Nexus 9 is by far the worst build quality I've I've never a device with such mixed reviews where the reviewers seem to have gotten different devices

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

For the 2013 Nexus 7 I got a keeper on my second try but it still has a slight speaker hiss when you wake it up but that's acceptable. The first one though, I gave up on the 4th try and their non Google tablets and laptops? Pathetic. Especially the Transformer prime. I got the Asus Vivobook s400 for work based on the great reviews and let's just say, don't trust the reviews when it comes to Taiwanese companies like HTC. They send perfect units to reviewers but man do the ones that ship suck.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Oh thanks for the warning I've actually never bought anything from ASUS yet

16. DocOc78

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Don't listen to this guy....HTC is great and their products, especially the latest ones have excellent build quality

14. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on... I've had two Asus laptops and two nexus 7 in the last year's and they all worked without a problem. I also gave an advice to a friend and made him buy a memopad and he's still thanking me. Finally, my sister has an Asus notebook too, from several years. Either you've been very unlucky, or you're a bit too picky for the price that Asus products have.

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Suck TC build quality at its best. Plus I just realized that this doesn't have a notification light. holy crap HTC. Google, please hand back the reigns to Samsung or LG." Yep. Maybe six months from now, HTC will making these better. But there will be all sorts of better 64-bit tablets out by then. All Samsung or LG has to do is make one that runs stock Android and gets updates from Google and it's game over for the Nexus 9. In short, "Android Silver", if it's for real. The problems with Android and the K1-64 may take longer to resolve. I'm talking about the strange lags, lack of smooth performance, hiccups when running ups, etc. Nvidia decided for some f**k unknown reason to revive dynamic code translation that was last seen in Transmeta processors. The Transmeta chips did great in benchmarks, but sucked in real life usage. The main symptom was uneven performance with strange lags. The K1-64 is looking like this. It's better than the Transmeta was, but still has many/all of the same weaknesses. Unless you need it for Android L and/or 64-bit Android development, the Nexus 9 looks like a good model to skip.

17. DocOc78

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

The problem is that Samsung and LG will not do stock Android.

8. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Cool can't wait!

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I still have my Nexus 7 2012 running great...but, the Coolpad is a better and faster device all around.

12. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Does they shipps worldwide too and have worldwide warranty? Gonna order 2 if it does. :)

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