HTC has returned to the tablet market but this time around it is not going at it alone. Google and the Taiwanese manufacturer have teamed up to give us the Nexus 9 tablet, a product that has been consistently rumored over the past few months. The announcement comes today when Google has already launched a couple of other Nexus devices. Like most of HTC’s products the Nexus 9 also features a premium metal build.
It is the first tablet which will come preinstalled with Android 5.0 Lollipop, today Google has also confirmed the official moniker for the next major Android update, which is also going to power the Nexus 6 straight out of the box.
Nexus 9 has an 8.9-inch 2,048×1,536 pixel resolution display with a 4:3 screen ratio. Under the hood there’s a 64-bit processor on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. The company claims Nexus 9 is able to provide up to nine hours of battery life. It will be available in either Wi-Fi only or a 32GB LTE model.
You can place pre-orders for the Nexus 9 starting October 17th and it will be released on November 3rd. Available in black and white colors the tablet will cost $399 and $479 for 16GB and 32GB models respectively. The LTE model with 32GB storage costs $599.
To aid the tablet’s productivity features Google has also unveiled a keyboard which can be magnetically attached to the Nexus 9. The keyboard is capable of folding in two different angles and allow the user to type away on the tablet like they would on a laptop.