The next best Android tablet: Nexus 9 expected to arrive Q4 2014 says HTC (accidentally)

Who’s keen for another Nexus tablet? Well, the Nexus 9 is coming, if this report from Focus Taiwan can be trusted. One of HTC’s presidents, Jack Tong, mentioned during a New York press event that the 8.9″ Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” for reentering the luscious tablet game.

HTC launched the first Nexus device (the One) back in 2010, with others following due to the tablets roaring success. The Nexus 9 though, is reportedly being launched 16 October and will arrive first in Taiwan sometime in Q4. A rather prominent Android developer also tweeted the launch date, adding further credence to a 16 October launch.


Here’s its heavily-rumoured specifications via GottaBeMobile:

-8.9-inch 2048 x 1440 Full 2k HD display (4:3 aspect ratio)
-NVIDIA Tegra K1 Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM (64-bit)
-16/32GB storage configurations
-Android 4.5 or 5.0 (L Release)
-8 Megapixel OIS rear and 3 MP front camera
-Zero-gap aluminum unibody design (now reportedly plastic)
-HTC signature front facing speakers

If the Nexus 9 can rock the same low price-point of the other Nexus tablets, it could be a winner of a tablet. Most importantly, it could be the launch device for Android L, just like how the Nexus 4 was the first tablet to have Android Jelly Bean.

One of the first possible images of HTC’s Nexus 9 came from twitter account Upleak, but that profile was quickly closed down. Thankfully, the image of the Nexus 9’s rear was retweeted across the board.

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon


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