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Get to know the new Google Nexus 9 tablet - a powerful rival to the iPad Mini

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Oct 2014 20:25 User comments (5)

Get to know the new Google Nexus 9 tablet - a powerful rival to the iPad Mini The largest of the trio of devices unveiled today by Google is the new Nexus 9 tablet, built by HTC.
HTC, which has struggled to make a hit Android device in the past years, has been given the reigns on Google's latest tablet, an 8.9-inch device that will fit snugly between the company's 7-inch and 10-inch models from 2013.

Somewhat strangely, the 8.9-in. IPS LCD display will have a 2048-x-1536 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio) which Google says is part of the company's "new focus on productivity." Under the hood is the crazy powerful Tegra K1 64-bit processor, and 2GB RAM. Having tested the K1 on the Nvidia gaming tablet, I can tell you that the processor flies and is very impressive.

HTC has added dual front-facing stereo speakers for improved audio playback, and added their own BoomSound audio software enhancements. The 6700 mAh battery should give you 9.5 hours of active use, lower than the Retina iPad Mini but much improved from the Nexus 7.

Running on the new Android 5.0 Lollipop and all its features, Google has included a "tap to wake" option that was seen in the past on LG's tablets as 'Knock On." You have to tap the screen twice to turn on the display without needing to hit the power button.

Google will make the tablet available for pre-order on Friday, with launch on November 3rd. Priced at $399 for a 16GB model, $479 for a 32GB model, or $599 for a 32GB model with LTE, the tablet is priced equally with the rival iPad Mini.


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5 user comments

116.10.2014 6:18

Quote:
Somewhat strangely, the 8.9-in. IPS LCD display will have a 2048-x-1536 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio) which Google says is part of the company's "new focus on productivity." Under the hood is the crazy powerful Tegra K1 64-bit processor, and 2GB RAM. Having tested the K1 on the Nvidia gaming tablet, I can tell you that the processor flies and is very impressive.
I don't see the 4:3 ratio as odd given the iPad Mini's success with this ratio.

Also, the K1 in the Nexus 9 is not the same as the K1 in the SHIELD. The Nexus 9 is dual core, the SHIELD is quad core. Same GPU, though.

Will you be buying one? I want to, but then again I also don't want to pay through the arse for a keyboard case.


216.10.2014 8:10

My ASUS T101 is ready for retirement. I'll be giving it to one of my kids. I'll give this tablet a try purely for the Nexus quality. My wife's 2013 Nexus 7 is trouble free and fast. I'm seriously considering the cover/keyboard option, hope it's not outrageously overpriced or I'll have to pass.

316.10.2014 22:06

Originally posted by Ripper:
Quote:
Somewhat strangely, the 8.9-in. IPS LCD display will have a 2048-x-1536 resolution (4:3 aspect ratio) which Google says is part of the company's "new focus on productivity." Under the hood is the crazy powerful Tegra K1 64-bit processor, and 2GB RAM. Having tested the K1 on the Nvidia gaming tablet, I can tell you that the processor flies and is very impressive.
I don't see the 4:3 ratio as odd given the iPad Mini's success with this ratio.

Also, the K1 in the Nexus 9 is not the same as the K1 in the SHIELD. The Nexus 9 is dual core, the SHIELD is quad core. Same GPU, though.

Will you be buying one? I want to, but then again I also don't want to pay through the arse for a keyboard case.
Strange only in that I don't think I've seen an Android tab at 4:3. I don't believe I'll be getting one either, as my new Nexus 6 will be almost the same size :)

417.10.2014 15:56

319/399/459 over here for the respective models. 110 for the keyboard (lol)

All in all, I won't be pre-ordering one.



518.10.2014 1:48

Originally posted by Ripper:
319/399/459 over here for the respective models. 110 for the keyboard (lol)

All in all, I won't be pre-ordering one.
I have a friend who travels very frequently to Europe and the US. He buys his stuff in the US. Uses it for a few months and then sells it off in the UK for the same or more than he originally paid. This is how he has the latest models at all times without shelling out more money.

BTW all those looking for keyboard + case combos should look elsewhere for decent compatible ones. I have had very good experience through this route.
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