Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

Google Nexus 9 launches with impressive specs, magnetic keyboard accessory

We’ve already detailed the flagship Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphone this evening, namely the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6. Here we turn our attention to its big brother, an 8.9in tablet.

I speak of HTC’s Google Nexus 9, a premium beast with a Microsoft Surface-troubling magnetic keyboard accessory and brushed metal sides. Sounds good, yes, but it ain’t cheap.

Diving straight into Google Nexus 9 specs, we have an 8.9in display with 2048 x 1536 resolution. The robots among you will have immediately computed that that’s a 4:3 aspect ratio as opposed to 16:9.

Other Google Nexus 9 specs include a quad-core 64-bit Tegra K1 processor with 2GB of RAM, 8MP/1.6MP camera combo, 6,700mAh battery, and of course Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Storage is the slightly disappointing thing here, as the Google Nexus 9 comes with either 16GB or 32GB, and – as per Nexus tradition – microSD is emphatically shunned.

Google says the Nexus 9 is “small enough to easily carry around in one hand, yet big enough to work on”, and speaking of work, the magnetic keyboard accessory “folds into two different angles and rests securely on your lap like a laptop.”

Again, the tablet ain’t cheap. Google Nexus 9 price comes in at $399 (16GB), $479 (32GB) or $599 (32GB with LTE). Realistically, that’ll be roughly £300, £360 or £450 respectively for us – if not a little more. Colours are white or black, with sand arriving at a later date.

Pre-orders open on October 17, with the Google Nexus 9 release date following on November 3 (two weeks from Monday).

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krogothnx  Oct. 16, 2014 at 09:48

they've taken the 7 and 10 down in favour of this as the nexus tablet option...

granted the 10 hasn't been updated in yonks, but it still had a higher res screen than this. but removing the 7? are you **** insane google? that thing is the only reason anyone pays any attention to android tablets - hell, any tablet that isn't an iPad, really.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 16, 2014 at 11:59

they've taken the 7 and 10 down in favour of this as the nexus tablet option...

granted the 10 hasn't been updated in yonks, but it still had a higher res screen than this. but removing the 7? are you **** insane google? that thing is the only reason anyone pays any attention to android tablets - hell, any tablet that isn't an iPad, really.


I hadn't realised they killed the 7in Nexus... Seems puzzling.
iPad Mini is hugely popular as is/was the Nexus 7.
Maybe they didn't want to launch the ginormous Nexus 6 phone and a 7in tablet at the same time? The 6in Lumia 1520 I have lying around somewhere is like a tablet... perfect size for GTA, video clips and a quick browse before snooze. But unsuitable as a phone, really. And it's cheaper than the Nexus 6 - with a kickass camera.

Unless I'm mistaken that means the only decent 'smaller' Android tabs are the Fire and what?

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