Hands On With the Google Nexus 9

2615100_Tinhte-Google-Nexus9-15Google announced their latest Android tablet earlier this week, and while the English language blogosphere is still waiting to touch the winder-tablet a few lucky souls in Vietnam have gotten their hands on this 9″ tablet.

Sforum has posted a hands on video of the Nexus 9. It doesn’t exactly share a lot of the more intricate details, but the video does give a good idea how the Nexus 9 will look in the real world.

But if video is not your thing, at the end of the post you’ll find photos from another Vietnamese blog, Tinhte.

This mid-sized tablet is made by HTC, and it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on an Nvidia Tegra K1 chip with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Its 8.9″ display has a screen resolution of  2048 x 1536, and the tablet also sports a pair of cameras (8MP and 1.6MP).

Weighing in at 425 grams, the Nexus 9 measures 7.9mm thin and has a 6.7Ah battery. It’s going to go up for pre-order on 17 October. The Wifi model will cost $399, and the  3G/LTE model will cost considerable more.

That high price and high end spec list makes this tablet a rather odd replacement for the Nexus 7, does it not?

To be honest I am not sure that last year’s Nexus 7 is actually going to be replaced; the 7″ tablet market is so glutted that you can find last year’s Nexus 7 as a refurb for under $130. That kills any value in launching a new model, which is why I think that Google has decided to replace their 7″ tablet with a 6″ smartphone.

Yes, I would bet that the Nexus 6 is in certain ways a replacement for the Nexus 7. With a price tag of $650 (there’s no Wifi-only version), it’s certainly not a replacement in kind but it’s about the same size.

It’s a shame about the price, though; I would have wanted to try a 6″ Nexus tablet. The longer and narrower screen geometry could have made for some interesting one handed usability.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Bormasina16 October, 2014

    Why your video is private?

    1. Nate Hoffelder16 October, 2014

      I do not know. It was not private earlier.



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