The long rumoured HTC made Nexus 9 has finally officially been announced. The device replaces two the popular ASUS and Samsung made Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. More importantly, the move to have HTC make its flagship Android tablet is a proverbial return to basics for Google as HTC was the first company to make a Nexus device with the Nexus One released way back when Android wasn’t everywhere. It also marks HTC’s return to the tablet space after its lukewarm attempt with the HTC Flyer.
That’s enough of a history lesson, let’s get to the device. The original rumours started off with a 10 inch device, then an 8 inch device and finally a 9 inch device with the metallic unibody design HTC is already well known for in the Android space. However, the final product, is coming with design choices that mirror the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 5. This means the Nexus 9 will be coming with a textured, soft touch back with the Nexus brand vertically aligned on the back. There is some influence coming from its recently released Nexus 6 with a metal trim surrounding the soft touch backing.
The biggest change, aside from manufacturer and design, coming with the Nexus 9 is the jump Android is making when it comes to processing. Android 5.0 Lollipop comes with native 64-bit processing which only a handful of current or upcoming devices are taking advantage of. The Nexu 9 will be leading Android’s foray into 64-bit territory taking the title of the first Android tablet with 64-bit processing capabilities. This comes thanks to NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra K1 which is clocked 2.3 GHz and paired with NVIDIA’s cutting edge Kepler DX1 graphics unit.
Aside from that the Nexu 9 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage without microSD support. Display wise, the tablet comes with an 8.9-inch IPS LCD Display with a resolution of 1536 x 2048 resolution which comes with Gorilla Glass protection. It comes with a modest array of sensors including gyro, Accelerometer, proximity & compass. In addition, the Nexus 9 comes with Near Field Communications (NFC), Bluetooth 4.1, WiFI a/b/g/n/ac as well as GPS and GLONASS capabilities.
The Nexus 9 will come with an 8-Megapixel camera capable of 1080p video and stereo sound recorfing with autofocus and LED flash. It will also come with a 1.6-MegaPixel front facing camera with 720p video recording capabilities. All of this will be supported by a non-removable 6700 mAh battery which boasts up to 720 hours of stand by time and upto 9 and a half hours of usage on 3G.
All of this is housed in a 22.61 cm x 15.37 cm x 0.79cm body weighing only 425 grams for the WiFi model. As of now, there is little information on the 4G LTE version but we know it will support 4G connectivity.
If you want to know more about the softwares features, take a look at our coverage of Android Lollipop where have detailed what to expect.