The Nexus 9 just recently became available in its WiFi-only model, with Google promising an LTE variant sometime this year. Yesterday, however, an HTC-made tablet passed through the FCC carrying the ID NM80P82300 and support for LTE connectivity. Given that the Nexus 9 is manufactured by HTC, it seems more than likely that this device is indeed the LTE-capable Nexus 9.
The device carries support for 10 bands of LTE, which means it will support Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular. The Nexus 6 is supported by that same list of carriers. The FCC tested both 16GB and 32GB models of the device, but Google is expected to only offer the Nexus 9 in the 32GB option.
While the FCC filing makes no mention of the Nexus branding, we’d find it hard to believe that HTC would have another flagship tablet ready to release at this time of year. As Google learned with the Nexus Player, you need FCC approval before you can sell anything. Hopefully now that the Nexus 9 LTE appears to have FCC approval we’re nearing a launch date.