Rather than updating the Nexus 7, or acknowledging the Nexus 10, Google gave us this: a Nexus 9 made by HTC. It essentially takes the best of both devices while making it clear Google is serious about the tablet market. The screen is sharp, it sports the latest version of Android, and it comes with a laundry list of powerful specs. It’s everything Android owners could have hoped for, save for one thing: the price.
At $399 for the 16GB model, the Nexus 9 isn’t the cheapest Android tablet out there, and is much more than what Nexus fans are typically used to. That extra price, however, isn’t much of a surprise when you consider what the Nexus 9 offers. This is, by all accounts, a premium device with premium specs, and it’s priced accordingly.
The 8.9-inch display sports a 2048×1536 resolution, and under the hood you get a 2.3GHz Tegra K1 chip. The device also comes with 2GB of RAM, 16GB and 32GB storage options, an 8-megapixel camera (1.6-megapixel front), a 6700mAh battery, NFC and BoomSound speakers. A handsomely specced device that looks and feels as nice as you’d expect a $400 device to feel. The soft touch back is comfortable and easy to grip, and the 4:3 aspect ratio makes the Nexus 9 a comfortable fit in both portrait and landscape. Overall dimensions are 153.68 mm x 228.25 mm x 7.95mm. Colors include black, white and sand.
We’ll have many more thoughts on the Nexus 9 soon, including a deeper look at Android 5.0 Lollipop and how the new experience holds up on a tablet. Stay tuned.