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Nexus 9 release date, specs, rumours and price

Everything you need to know about Google's upcoming Android L tablet
Thu Jul 03 2014, 16:21

INTERNET GIANT Google is widely expected to unveil another Nexus tablet this year, although it likely won't be a 7in or 10in version like we have seen before from the firm.

Instead, Google likely will release an 8.9in tablet to challenge the iPad Mini, with the tablet tipped to launch as the Google Nexus 9 and codenamed the HTC Volantis. What's more, if leaked specifications are to be believed, the HTC-built device will trump the Apple tablet on paper. 

HTC Nexus 9 with Android 5.0 Lollipop and an 8.9in screen

Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it as we hear more about the so-called Google Nexus 9.

Release date
Rumours had suggested that the Google Nexus 9 would make its debut during the firm's 2014 I/O keynote. However, that event has since past, and the firm is yet to unveil its latest tablet device.

While it's still unclear when the Nexus 9 will appear, it now likely will launch along with Android L in the autumn, with Google expected to have it on shelves in time for Christmas.

Price
If a leak from Android Police is true, the Google Nexus 9 might cost more than you would expect. The website has heard from its anonymous sources that a 16GB Nexus 9 will cost $399, a 32GB model $499, and a 32GB model with 4G support is expected to cost above $600. This, of course, is to be confirmed.

Specs and features 
The Nexus 9, if online leaks are to be believed, could launch as the highest specification tablet to date.

The HTC-built tablet will reportedly tout an 8.9in display complete with a 2K 2560x1600 resolution touchscreen display. This likely will feature the Super LCD screen technology that typically features on HTC smartphones.

Under the bonnet, the Google Nexus 9 is tipped to feature Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, although specifics are yet to be confirmed. However, with a 64-bit chip inside, this hints that the device will arrive running Android L - the first iteration of the operating system to come with support for 64-bit chips. As a Google Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 will feature a vanilla version of the software.

According to Evleaks, this 64-bit chip will arrive paired with a whopping 5GB of RAM, although it did point out that this might not feature in the final build.

While full specifications are yet to be outed, there's also talk that the Nexus 9 will feature an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p HD footage, a 3MP front-facing camera and HTC's Boomsound audio technology built-in. 

The Nexus 9 will be one of the thinnest tablets on the market, as well as one of the highest specified too, with the device tipped to measure 7.9mm thick. µ

 

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