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 HTC reportedly onboard to build it, due to the firm's shaky relationship with Samsung. Codenamed the "HTC Volantis" the device is widely-expected to launch as the Google Nexus 9.
Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it as we hear more about the so-called Google Nexus 9.
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 passed, 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.
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, trumping Apple's tablets in terms of specifications.
The HTC-built tablet will reportedly tout an 8.9in display complete with a QHD 2560x1600 resolution. This likely will feature the Super LCD screen technology that typically features on HTC smartphones, equipping the device with vibrant colours and good viewing angles.
Under the bonnet, the Google Nexus 9 is tipped to feature Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, with the firm seemingly confirming this ahead of the tablet's launch. 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.
As a Google Nexus tablet, the Nexus 9 will feature a vanilla version of Android, with the tablet widely expected to be the first to run Android L. This version of Google's mobile operating system will introduce the firm's new "Material Design" language, which is flatter than the look of Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Full details of Android L remain to be announced, but Google has confirmed that tge operating system will ditch Dalvik in favour of the ART virtual machine, and claims this will run "twice as fast," and will boast a new battery saving mode. Android L also goes big on security. It will arrive with Samsung's enterprise Knox software pre-installed, boast a new "Personal Unlocking" feature and will have encryption switched on by default, much like iOS 8.
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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