Google Nexus 9 HTC Tablet Philippines Price and Release Date Guesstimate, Complete Specs, Key Features

Last October 15, 2014, Google announced the Nexus 9 - the latest iteration to its successful line of tablets running the latest version of Android OS with default interface; These slates also serve as an effective vehicle for the company to introduce major updates to its mobile operating system every year. In this case, Nexus 9 comes with the very fresh Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

The Nexus 9 is manufactured by Taiwanese electronics giant HTC under the guidance of Google. Its 8.9-inch 1536 x 2048 pixels IPS screen, which Google describes as “big enough to work and watch on, but small enough to carry around in one hand,” puts it in between Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 from last year in terms of size

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

Mark of TP: If you remember, HTC is also the very first company that Google partnered with in crafting a Nexus device. Remember Nexus One from 2010 running Eclair? The one with a trackball?

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

Overview

Quoting HTC, "Encased in a brushed aluminum frame that seamlessly connects the screen to a soft-grip back, the Nexus 9 is both sleek and polished, showcasing HTC’s expertise in precision metal work. Weighing just 436 grams, it is also lightweight and easily portable.

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

At its heart, this easy to use, powerful tablet boasts an Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit Dual Core processor that makes switching between tasks both simple and fast, while its Keppler GPU delivers desktop grade performance and graphics in tablet form.

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9
In-the-flesh photos of Nexus 9 by 'Phones Amazing'

Front (1.6 MegaPixels) and rear (8 MegaPixels with LED flash) cameras allow key moments to be captured as they happen, with the Nexus 9 tablet’s 2K screen (2048x1536) resolution delivering sharp detail and vibrant colours when viewing photos, browsing the web or watching videos. Dual front facing speakers feature a dedicated smart amp and HTC BoomSound profile for speaker mode, to enable stereo sound from the front of the device - perfect for music and gaming fans."

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

Android 5.0 Lollipop on a Powerhouse Device

The Nexus 9, along with Nexus 6 smartphone made by Motorola, are the first two devices to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop - known for its eye-candy 'Material Design' interface, energy-efficiency, and enhanced notifications management settings - right out of the box.

All improvements that are implemented and new features that debut on Android 5.0 Lollipop truly make the Nexus 9 an ideal device for multimedia – be it reading, web browsing, video streaming, and more. In addition to that, the hardware that backs up Android 5.0 inside the Nexus 9 future-proofs the device, brings the platform to full blossom, and makes the tablet more than capable of running the most specs-intensive apps and games available in the Play Store.

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

“The Nexus 9 is a great example of what can be achieved when two companies, united in their passion for innovative technology, come together to create a product with the user experience at the very center of the design process,” said Mr. Peter Frolund, HTC’s Vice President and General Manager for the UK and Nordic regions. “HTC’s unrivalled design language combines with the very latest software advancements to deliver a premium tablet, inside and out. We are thrilled to be able to bring this product to market.”

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

To complete the balance between work and play, a separate keyboard dock will be available for the Nexus 9. I mean, with the monster specs of the Tegra K1, it will surely go head-on against Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, the nearest device it can call its rival in this category. The Nexus 9’s dock features a magnetic attachment and a folding design for that perfect positioning, as well as a fully responsive keyboard. Sold separately, the dock “helps you get stuff done at home, at the office, and on the go”.

Google Nexus 9, HTC Nexus 9

That’s the Nexus 9 for you, TP Friends. Given the chance, will you buy it? For me, since this release is already quite expensive, I’m inclined wait for HTC or NVIDIA to release their own device with the 64-bit Tegra K1 for the added NVIDIA software features like the TegraZone app, or even an updated NVIDIA Dabbler, if they choose to include a direct stylus in their offering. Nonetheless, a pure Google experience - I believe - will surely not disappoint, especially when you’ve got such a beautiful device backed up with amazing hardware. I guess I'm still on the fence with this one.

#TPWriterFellows Batch 1 Member and DLSU student, Nico Aguila is the self-proclaimed 'official' tech support guy of his friends. He's always ready to give you tips and tricks with Android devices and even gives you advice on which phone or tablet you should get whether it be running on Android, iOS, or Windows Phone operating system. Nico sees TechPinas as the best tech website in the Philippines and also as his safe haven when he reads tech news that is happening in the country. When he graduates, Nico plans to find a stable job in tech, have a family when he can, and of course, expose his future kids to technology and TechPinas so that they'll enjoy great bonding times together.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Google Nexus 9
Type Android Tablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Level)
Dimensions and Weight228.2 x 153.7 x 7.9 mm, 425 grams
Available Colors Indigo Black, Lunar White, Sand
Operating System Android 5.0 Lollipop
Display 8.9 inches (~281 ppi) 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Dual Core 64-Bit 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 Chipset, 192-core Kepler GPU
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 and 32GB options, non-expandable
Camera 8MP Primary, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Front-facing 1.6MP, 720p
Video Capture 1080p at 30fps, stereo sound recording
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 player
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, apt-X
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity
Battery Li-Po 6700 mAh battery, non-removable
Uptime TBD
Announcement October 15, 2014
Availability Nexus 9 preorders in the United States will start on October 17th, with the tablet formally launching in stores on November 3rd. The device will be available in three versions including 16GB ($399) and 32GB ($479) WiFi versions, and an LTE-ready 32GB ($599) model.
TP Guesstimate for the Philippines - Mid-November 2014 via Online Sellers, December 2014 to January 2015 via Official Channels
Price Official SRP:
United States
16GB WiFi Only - $399
32GB WiFi Only - $479
32GB LTE Ready - $599

TP Guesstimates for the Philippines
16GB WiFi Only - Php 18,000
32GB WiFi Only - Php 22,000
32GB LTE Ready - Php 27,000

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