We have been hearing about Google’s next tablet, wondering about its arrival. Summer came without a word from Google about what the new tablet would be. Google formerly released two 7-inch tablets, the Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013) with the help of manufacturer Asus, and the 10-inch Nexus 10 with help from Android giant Samsung Electronics.
Rumors spread as early add those year that Google wouldn’t replace either line but that the company would create an 8-inch tablet to take advantage of the new sweet-spot display size for consumers. Many liked the portability of the Nexus 7 but wanted something a little bigger.
Others thought that the 10-inch tablet was too big to carry around. Google would bring an 8-inch tablet to market.
Well, it appears to be the case that Google’s been paying some serious attention to the display size of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet series, as Mountain View looks to create an 8.9-inch tablet with help from Android OEM HTC Corp. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s commitment to gorgeous, full aluminum unibody designs on its high-end One M8 smartphone hasn’t escaped the eyes of Android’s owner.
Now, Google wants to make ours tablets the new eye candy of the Christmas season. The new HTC Nexus 9 tablet has been officially named in a lawsuit NVIDIA has filed against Samsung and processor chip set maker Qualcomm. In the lawsuit, NVIDIA also revealed the arrival time of the tablet: “the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014.”
Now, we’ve received word that the coveted HTC Nexus 9 will arrive to market for sale on October 16th, although an official announcement will take place on October 8th at an event that HTC has called “Double Exposure.”
Paul O’Brien made the announcement on Twitter yesterday morning at 12:24AM: “Anonymous tipster: The HTC Nexus 9 will be launched on 16th October…”
O’Brien doesn’t give any further details, but we don’t need much more to connect the dots as to what we can expect. At this point, we can surmise that the new Nexus 9 tablet will arrive before the Motorola Nexus phone — if such a phone will arrive.
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Our sources have said that the new HTC Nexus 9 will feature the aluminum unibody that HTC is so famous for, alongside of 3GB of RAM, 16GB of memory storage, a 9-inch, Full HD display (LCD screen, we surmise), Google’s 100GB cloud storage offer), and NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor.
We believe that the HTC Nexus 9 will feature a 3MP front camera and a 16MP waterproof back camera. The cameras may be the reason why the event is called “double exposure.”
As for how fast of a processor the Tegra K1 is, recent benchmarks place the device performance around the 45,000-point mark in AnTuTu, making the Nexus 9 faster than any smartphone on the market currently.
Only the Galaxy Alpha even comes close to the Nexus 9 — and the Galaxy Alpha, powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5 octa-core processor, only had a score of 38,000 or so points in AnTuTu benchmark scoring.
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We also believe that Google’s waiting for a special event in which to bring Android L to the world. The HTC Nexus 9 will be the first device to ship with Android L, though the new Motorola Nexus won’t be too far behind.