HTC and Motorola today are making great strides for being the first time two companies announced Nexus devices on the same day, and it’s great. While Motorola makes th eNexus 6 smartphone, HTC is tasked with producing the Nexus 9, which is an 8.9-inch tablet, with 4:3 aspect ratio, resolution of 2,048 x 1,536, and pixel density of 281 ppi (meh).
It comes with the newest version of Android — 5.0 Lollipop — and of course, starts at $399 for the base 16GB WiFi model; $479 for the 32GB WiFi; and $599 for a 32GB LTE variant that comes packed with penta-band HSPA+, quad-band GSM/EDGE and CDMA. All models launch on November 9th, with pre-orders starting later this month.
Aesthetically, HTC has done a great job (on paper): 7.9mm thickness, with 64-bit support, thanks to a dual-core 2.3GHz NVIDIA K1 chipset. Paired with 2GB of RAM; an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus, BSI and f/2.4 aperture; a 1.6MP selfie camera; dual-band WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; a 6,700mAh battery — and best of all, the Taiwanese company’s signature BoomSound stereo speakers.