Sep 18 AT 3:50 PM Nick Gray 19 Comments

Got your credit cards ready? Nexus 9 rumor gives us an October launch date


Are you ready to buy the HTC Nexus 9? The latest rumor claims that the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will be unveiled on October 16. Google Play and brick and mortar retail availability details are still unknown, but we suspect the tablet will go on sale shortly after Google shows it off to the world. The 2012 Nexus 7 made it into customers’ hands roughly two weeks after it was unveiled and the 2013 model started shipping six days after Google’s launch event.

Based on multiple rumors, the HTC Nexus 9 is expected to feature an 8.9-inch display, LTE support, 64-bit Tegra processor, 4GB of RAM, NFC, 1.6-megapixel font-facing camera and an 8-megapixel main camera. Most of us know the spec list by heart already, but we have no clue what the HTC Nexus 9 tablet will look like. We did get a sneak peek at the Nexus 9 keyboard cover earlier this week, but HTC and Google have somehow managed to keep the design of the tablet under wraps. The initial HTC Nexus tablets claimed that it would be positioned as a premium device, so we won’t be shocked if HTC incorporates design elements and materials from the HTC One (M8).

Are you ready for a new Nexus tablet?

Via: HTC Source

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Nigel Healy

    Nexus 9 is rumored to be 4:3 ratio so 1/3rd of the screen not used on watching videos.

    Waiting for the 16:10 format like on Nexus 10 where only 1/9th the screen is wasted.

  • Martha

    Too late, my family already preordered the new iPhone 6 with Apple Pay. What an amazing device it is.

    • jamal adam

      Clearly, you read the article and understood what it was talking about. smh

  • surethom

    Why no 10″ish or 10.5″ tablet I want an upgrade to the nexus tablet I don’t want a smaller screen.

    • Nigel

      I have had 4.4″ 4.9″ 7″ and 10″ Android, and 7″, 9″, 10″, 12″, 14″, 17″ Wintel laptops.

      At 10″ it is getting really marginal having an Android tablet, its only main gain over 7″ is as a a movie watching device. Android lacks the CPU and multitasking capabilities to really benefit from what all a 10″ form factor can do which is multitask and see multiple windows etc.

      Android’s phone sweetspot is 5″ (no larger, as then can’t use it single handed) and Android tablet in 7″-9″ (any larger might as well carry a x86 Windows/Linux/MACbook).

      • Tommy

        I dunno. My 5.7 inch screen is a pretty sweet spot.

      • jamal adam

        Personally, I’d say the sweet spot for a smartphone would be between 5.5″-6″ but it depends on the screen to body ratio being really high. As for tablets, this HTC Nexus 9 would be perfect because my Nexus 7 (2012) is outdated and also too small especially if I’m considering upgrading my phone to a larger screen size.

      • DroidSamurai

        >> Android lacks the CPU and multitasking capabilities to really benefit from what all a 10″ form factor

        Android can multitask — what you don’t have is a multitask UI that lets you work with more than one app at the same time (at least that’s how the AOSP works.)

        Look, the smart devices are designed to be a single task machine. I hate to say that, but they are designed for dumb people. Really, think about it. From Apple to Google, they took away easy file system access, multi-windows UI, bootloader, etc in the name of user friendliness. But who are the users they defined? Definitely not you and me, nor many enthusiastic Android users who frequent this site, XDA, messes with their ROM … They are targeting people who couldn’t even understand how file / folder works. They are the people who put all the files on their PC’s desktop.

        So, don’t say that Android cannot be benefited from a 10″ form factor, because you never know how the target audiences of a tablet want from a 10″ tablet — you don’t think like them.

    • Steven

      Phones getting bigger and tablets smaller? You may have to wait for the rumored 12 inch iPad

      So will there be a Nexus phone & Android L release too. People here won’t like it but the truth is Google should let L out of the bag. Android is gonna lose a lot of people to iPhone 6 & 6+ in that month

      • DroidSamurai

        I honestly don’t think that people who want an iPhone 6/6+ cares about the Android L release — hell, those people may not even know Android has third party keyboard for, like FOREVER.

        On top of that, the Nexus, historically, served only a very small number of customers. People who bought a Nexus 5 probably accounts for just single digit in smartphone market share. Unless Google chooses to change its marketing strategy, I don’t see this changing.

  • Steve

    Wow 4gb, so it is possible. Ate you hearing me note 4?

  • a Linux dude

    I’m with Jamal, I’m still using my GN2 and it seems to be right around the sweet spot: can fit in my pocket even with the Otterbox Defender case and I can watch videos in bed more or less comfortably: a true phablet. Only the fashionistas care how it looks up against your head, I sure don’t.

    What I’ve always wanted is a 5.5-6″ Nexus, and I was (and still am) hoping the Nexus-6 is that; besides that, I’ve decided I won’t buy anything without a 64 bit processor in it for my next upgrade–I’ve always cared more about performance than looks unless the latter makes for a compelling UI (dis)advantage: hence I’m tired of Touchpiss and bloatware.

    As for DroidSamurai’s comments, totally true, Google said as much way back in the beginning (without calling the people “stupid”, anyway). iOS, and Maemo and its descendants were more like real OS’s, but iOS is horribly locked down and Nokia never had Google’s marketing ability. Thankfully, Tizen, Sailfish, and Jolla are coming down the pike (albeit slowly), but whether they can truly compete with 2 mobile OS’s that are so entrenched (with huge app ecosystems) and heavy marketed is doubtful. For instance, I still haven’t seen a Firefox OS phone in the wild, and my N900 is sitting idle for a couple of years now because it’s so hard to look at its tiny screen and its one-core slowness (but these are hardware problems).

    One can hope Android-L or one of the above manages to break through, especially in the security department where both companies (Apple and Google) say “we have security” and then thwart it behind the scenes, but until then most of us are kind of stuck.

    • Tommy

      Yeah, but if you have Note 2, and your looking for Nexus 6… i mean you already have it in your hand. Now a days AOSP and CM are so stable. And with all the developement now a days, you can root and have CM11 installed in like 15 minutes.

  • Tommy

    So its gonna be a htc one ge… 9″ tablet… with 4gb ram.. for under $200???

    • tojen

      I highly doubt this come in around $200. With all the high-end specs I’d say more like $299-349.

  • hp420

    i want an lte phablet. i use google voice entirely, so i don’t need any voice service. unfortunately for me, this is way too big for a pocket….plus i really want to see what motorola is going to give us!!

  • Tom

    I just hope that it doesn’t look like a toy or have the look of something that is ‘overdesigned’.

    Just compare the M8 to the Nexus 5:

    One look like a kids toy and the other as something an adult would buy.

  • Theo

    I wish is wasn’t a Tegra processor. Every device I purchased with a tegra always seem to slow down after 1 major update. For me Qualcomm has given me the best longevity and quality.

  • Paul Atreides

    So we can expect to see the official Android L debut at the same time I’d like to think.