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Nexus 9 release date, price, specs and features: here's what you need to know

Loie Favre

Google finally announced its latest Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9, at long last! The device comes with a 8.9-inch display, and has brushed metal sides: the Nexus series has just gotten fancy.

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The Google Nexus 9 tablet is here!/ © Google

Nexus 9 release date

The Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order starting October 17th, that’s just two days away, and it will be available in the Play Store as of November 3rd. Of course it will come with Android 5.0 Lollipop which was just announced today as well, next to the Nexus 6.

Nexus 9 price

Google and HTC's tablet will be offered for a few different prices: the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi will cost 399 USD, and the 32 GB version with Wi-Fi 479 USD, and finally, the 32 GB LTE model will cost a whole 599 USD. We will provide the UK prices soon.

Nexus 9 design

The Nexus 9 looks great: it’s got a soft grip back-side so it’s not too slippery, rounded edges, and super thin profile. All I can think is this Googlet tablet is the sexiest I’ve ever seen, especially with the high gloss sides with brushed metal look. It comes in three colors: black, white and what looks to be a sandy color. Love it!

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The Nexus 9 is set to come in three colors: black, white and sand(?) / © Google

Nexus 9 display

The Nexus 9 comes boasting an 8.9 inch IPS LCD display.

Nexus 9 performance

It’s going to fly people! Here we are with a 64-bit processor for some super fast performing. In fact, it’s a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra KI processor, clocked at 2.3 GHZ, and a Kepler DX1 GPU. And the memory available is either 16GB and 32GB. 

Nexus 9 Special feature: Sound

The Nexus 9 comes with front-facing stereo speakers with HTC BoomSound Technology. A great new step for Android tablets!

Nexus 9 case

The Nexus 9 will arrive with a magnetic keyboard case which turns into into a make-shift laptop in a cinch. Google is really pushing this tablet as a tablet for work, breaking into a new market in my opinion.

nexus 9 keyboard
The Nexus 9 will come with its own case: perfect for working at home! / © Google

Nexus 9 software

And yes, as we had been hoping to see for ages, it comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop, full of Material Design goodness, and some excellent new features which you can find in our Android 5.0 Lollipop release, news and features article. A cool thing of course is the new multitasking features, which work great on tablets.

Nexus 9 Tech Specs

System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 8.9 inch IPS LCD, (2048 x 1536) QXGA, Gorilla Glass 3
Processor dual core 64 bit NVIDIA Tegra K1, 2.3 GHz, Kepler DX1
Internal Memory 16 GB / 32 GB
Battery 6,700
Camera 8 MP (back)auto-focuse LED flash, 1.6 (front) 
Connectivity Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1, LTE, USB 2.0, GSM, CDMA
Dimensions 153.68 mm x 228.25 mm x 7.95 mm
Weight 425 g (Wi-Fi), 436 g (LTE)

What do you think of the Nexus 9?

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  • braulio_holtz 1 month ago Link

    Would be the Lenovo VibeX2 an Android Silver? ... Google will have Nexus, Android One and Android Silver (which should have rules of Google, as time updates)

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      Kris Carlon 1 month ago Link

      You never know @braulio_holtz. Lenovo's teaser image for the VibeX2 does have a suspiciously Android Lollipop image in it, so it could be one of the first Android Silver devices to be announced. Somehow I don't think so, but I've been wrong in the past.

  • Pierre Marcotte 1 month ago Link

    I'm planning to replacemy present no name tablet, so i'll wait formore info including a release date before making my choice

  • CJ Brown 1 month ago Link

    If all Google Play Tablets are 'out of stock' ? I can see that as a sign some new Consumer Electronics will be revealed in time for the Xmas shopping season ...

    I'm personally enjoying my Nvidia Shield Tablet (if Google wants to improve their Tablets? I'd say a Nvidia Shield with better cameras and a 8.5" screen is a good start) ....

  • Charles Martell 1 month ago Link

    Please, please include SD Card storage(with save app to SD enabled !!!

    • Robert Becker 1 week ago Link

      SSHHH, I heard from a little birdy that the Nexus 9 will in fact be the first and only (so far) Nexus product that will have an expandable SD card option!!! :D

  • anees 1 month ago Link

    too big

  • CJ Brown 1 month ago Link

    I don't know if Google will bypass an 8 and head towards a 9 NEXUS series Tablet (I would imagine an 8.2 to an 8.5 screen would be big enough and if you want larger? then offer a better NEXUS 10 tablet) ....

    I do feel Tablet hunters are looking for decent audio and cameras (an micro sd card slot would be nice, but I imagine 32gig / 64gig model Tablets with free 100gig of Google Drive would entice enough buyers) ...

    As Smart Phones become Phablets? I wonder if Tablet sales will go down to where manufacturers stop making them (or, if they want consumers to purchase Tablets? offer better specs - right?) ...

  • Robert Becker 4 weeks ago Link

    BOTH of these should also come with the newer and faster 3 GB's of DDR3 RAM!!

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  • Northernbaygirl 1 week ago Link

    A possible contender for when I replace my Asus MeMo Pad, especially if it has an external sd slot.