The Nexus 9 is still, technically, unofficial, but that hasn’t stopped an HTC executive from highlighting the future device’s impact on the company and its outlook on the tablet market. During a press briefing in New York City, HTC not only confirmed the upcoming announcement — without confirming when that will happen, but also confirmed that they’re not ignoring tablets from here on out.
According to a report that was initially published by Focus Taiwan, HTC’s President of North Asia Jack Tong informed members of the press during a small briefing in New York City that the Nexus 9 is “HTC’s commitment” to the tablet market. It’s been about three years since HTC released a tablet, so the wait has been long. As far as a release date, Tong said the company plans on releasing the tablet in Taiwan sometime by the end of 2014, which means it will probably end up in other regions within the same time frame.
Focus Taiwan also reports that the Nexus 9 will be debuted (alongside the Nexus 6 from Motorola) on October 16. This seems plausible, as not only has the Nexus 9 recently passed through the FCC, but the Nexus 6 is also believed to have made a pit-stop there. A recently leaked image supposedly showcased the back-side of the Nexus 9 ahead of its official announcement.
HTC is hosting their Double Exposure event in New York City on Wednesday, October 8, where they are believed to be announcing a pair of new smartphones, with a major focus on the camera, including a 13-megapixel front-facing camera.