HTC has been chosen to design the latest tablet from Google, the Nexus 9.
The tablet will be the first one to run on the latest OS, Android 5 Lollipop. The Nexus 9 is a great tablet for casual users, delivering excellent Android experience. It does come with some good specs, so let’s break it down.
Design and Display
HTC uses brushed metal sides for the design of the handset, rather than completely metal chassis. The metal illusion does provide some sense of luxury though, making the Nexus 9 feel more premium than some other plastic choices on the market. One of the controversial aspects of the design is the huge bezels. While for some people, that extra space might come in handy for operating and resting the thumbs, for others, it just makes the Nexus 9 feel like a larger device than it actually is. What the Nexus 9 delivers is an 8.9 inches screen display, with 4:3 aspect ratio. The resolution is set at 2048 x 1536, translating to 281ppi. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3. To turn the tablet on, users need to double tap the display. Measurements of the device are 228x154x7.9. The weight of the tablet depends on whether you are getting a Wi-Fi model (425 grams) or an LTE model (436 grams). Color options for the Nexus 9 include Indigo black, Sand and Lunar White.
Hardware and Operating System
We mentioned that that Nexus 9 is one of the few models to run on the latest Android 5 Lollipop. At least for the next few months, the tablet and the latest smartphone from Google (Nexus 6) are the only ones to provide such luxury. When it comes to the hardware department, the Nexus 9 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, a dual core processor with maximum speed set at 2.3 GHz and 2 GB RAM. There are two options for on board storage, a model with 16 GB and a model with 32 GB. As with other Nexus devices, there is no slot for external memory.
On the back of the device, Google has placed an 8-MP sensor that delivers images of up to 3264 x 2448 pixels and records 1080p videos at 30fps. The back camera comes with a LED flash, which makes it good enough to take pictures even in low light conditions. On the front of the device, there is a 1.6-MP sensor.
The Nexus 9 gets its power from a 6700 mAh battery. When connected to a Wi-Fi connection, the device can deliver solid 9 hours of usage. If the connection is via LTE, the lifespan of the battery drops to approximately 8 hours. If you are fond of video playback, the battery delivers 10 hours of usage.
The price for the basic model, the 16 GB Wi-Fi version is set at $399. The price increases with added memory space or if the model is an LTE one. Additionally, users can get a keyboard folio that attaches to the tablet and allows them to type from different angles. The keyboard is sold separately and there is still no price tag on it. The device is available for pre-order on Amazon.