Google announces the HTC Nexus 9


htc-nexus-9If at first you do not succeed, try again. HTC, the Taiwanese manufacturer that once looked as though there was no stopping them when it came to the world of Android-powered smartphones, eventually fell into a rut that it looked as though they were going to go the way of BlackBerry. However, the HTC One M7 did manage to redeem the company from the brink somewhat, and it seems as though HTC is going through a mini renaissance of sorts at the moment. Sure, they did extremely well in the smartphone market before, but did not really see their tablet offering take off despite being called the HTC Flyer. Still, that was no ground to give up at all, which is why we are pleased as punch to hear that Google has just announced a brand new tablet that was built in partnership with HTC, calling it the Nexus 9.

So far, Google’s range of branded hardware that were developed alongside different manufacturers such as Motorola and Asus in the past have proved to be pretty solid in their make and build quality, and this bodes well for the Nexus 9 from HTC. Just what kind of hardware specifications will the Nexus 9 pack?

For starters, it will measure 8.9″ x 6.05″ x 0.31″ and will sport two versions – one being a Wi-Fi only model, while the other would be the LTE version which weighs 11 grams more than the 425g Wi-Fi only model. Your eyes will be treated to an 8.9″ display with 4:3 viewing ration at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.

Underneath the hood, you will find the Nexus 9 to run on an NVIDIA Tegra K1 64-bit dual-core processor at 2.3GHz, where the LTE enabled model will sport a MDM9625M modem to boot. You can choose from either 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, accompanied by 2GB RAM.

There will be two cameras to this particular tablet as it is the norm these days, where the back will pack an 8MP shooter which does Full HD video recording, while the front camera will have a 1.6MP resolution that can handle 720p recording. As for audio entertainment, do enjoy the HTC BoomSound feature alongside its dual front-facing stereo speakers. With a 6,700mAh battery, the Nexus 9 ought to be able to last the distance for the average tablet user before requiring a recharge. Oh yeah, and it will run on the latest version of Android, which would be Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Expect the Nexus 9 to be available for pre-order this coming October 17, although pricing details have yet to be finalized.

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