Nexus 9 official: here’s what you need to know

by: Andrew GrushOctober 15, 2014

Nexus 9 official press (6)

Replacing both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in one swoop, the new HTC Nexus 9 has finally been officially unveiled by Google today. The Nexus 9 is the first Nexus device from HTC since the original Nexus One and also marks the Taiwanese company’s return to the tablet market.

Although early rumors claimed that the tablet would offer a unibody metallic design that was somewhat akin to the HTC One only in a tablet form, the final design is actually much closer to the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). That means you get a device with a matte soft plastic feel and a vertical-aligned Nexus logo on the back. There is however a metallic edge, which is silver on the white version and matte black on the black one.

Bottom-line, if you liked the last-gen Nexus family’s looks, you’ll probably enjoy the new Nexus 9 as well. As for the hardware? The Nexus 9 sees a jump up to the world of 64-bit processing and offers high-end specs all the way around.

Nexus 9 Specs

CPU/GPUDual-core 2.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra K1, 64 bit
Display8.9 inches (2048 x 1536), 4:3 aspect ratio
Memory16/32GB storage
Batterynon-removable, li-po 6700 mAh
Camera8MP rear cam, 1.6MP front cam
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS / GLONASS, NFC, Bluetooth® v 4.0 (LE)
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
OSAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Dimensions and Weight8.9 x 6.05 x 0.31 inches, 425 grams (wifi model)

The Nexus 9 is powered by a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The namesake display size is actually 8.9-inches, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536, in a 4:3 aspect ration. Some of the Nexus 9’s other specs include an 8MP rear camera with a f 2.4 lens, a 1.6MP front camera, NFC, 16 and 32GB storage options, optional LTE, and Android 5.0 Lollipop right out of the box.

The Nexus 9 easily one-ups past Nexus tablets and is without a doubt one of the most impressive tablets we’ve seen in 2014. It remains to be seen whether or not the 64-bit upgrade will make for a truly noticeable difference in terms of performance, but it’s nice to see Google pushing forward the 64-bit mobile revolution nonetheless.

Software features

The Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and will also be the first Android tablet to be optimized for 64-bit both on the software and hardware level.

Many of us had the opportunity to get to know the Android L developer preview and so some of the functionality in Android 5.0 will be familiar, albeit it with several new coats of polish thrown on top.

Staple changes for Android 5.0 include 64-bit support, the new Material Design interface changes, notification improvements throughout the UI, improved security and business features, battery optimization software, and even minor tweaks like searchable settings and revised quick settings.

As for any Nexus 9-specific changes? As is to be expected from the Nexus series, you pretty much get a flat-out unedited Android experience here, but then again, that’s a large part of the appeal for pure Android fans.

Keyboard case accessory


We’ve known for a while that the Nexus 9 would have an optional Keyboard Folio, and now it’s official. The keyboard attaches to the N9 via magnets and pairs with NFC. The keyboard also includes its own battery that will last roughly five months between harges.

No word on exact pricing or availability for the keyboard just yet.

Price and availability

The Nexus 9 will be available in two color options, black and white, with 16GB or 32GB of storage (Wi-Fi version) or 32GB of storage only (LTE version). Here are the prices:

  • 16GB WiFi – $399
  • 32GB WiFi – $479
  • 32GB LTE – $599

The Nexus 9 will ship from November 3, with pre-orders set to start Friday, October 17.

More Coverage

While the information above gives you a good idea of what to expect from the handset, we have more coverage related to Android 5.0, Nexus 6, new Nexus Player and more!

  • Guest

    6″ ?!? I’ll pass…

    • MasterMuffin

      where did you see 6″?

      • TheP

        Wrong tab, lol

    • Amir

      You have to stop with the q-tip when there’s resistance.

  • Nathan Powell

    I keep throwing money at the screen and nothing’s happening…

    • Ace

      Try wrap them around stone or brick. Dont forget to let as know how that worked.

    • José A. Medina

      Try sending it to me, maybe it’ll work!

    • dodz

      throw it to me, somethings gonna happen.

  • Ricardo


  • MasterMuffin

    You have different resolutions in the chart and text :) IT’S FINALLY HERE DOE

  • Google’s Nexus website says 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, 2048 x 1536 (why does everyone keep saying 2048 x 1440, only noobs would think that). I’m also pretty sure it’s a 64 bit dual core not quad core.

    • Protoss

      You’re right, it’s a 4:3 display like on the iPads, so it can be only a resolution of 2048×1536 and the same for the SoC (it’s still a monster btw) who pack not 4 cores but 2 cores :×353.jpg

      • José A. Medina

        I’m a neardental in this kinda things, what does it means, is it gonna be a much difference in performance?

        • Apart from improved performance because of 64 bits, this baby can handle 7 instructions per cpu cycle (K1 32bit only 3) and has improved instruction set that comes with Armv8. So yes, this thing will be fast as hell :)

          • Andrew T Roach

            Finally a core that can sniff what Apple’s cooking. Krait is literally 3 years old already.

          • Guest

            They can if they want to underclock the Cpu for less power consumption for example look at HTC One M7/M8 they came with the same SoC as the Galaxy S4/S5 but a little bit underclocked the M7 at 1,7ghz vs the S4 at 1,9ghz and the M8 at 2,3ghz vs the S5 at 2,5ghz, 2,3ghz is already more than enough, just look at Apple SoCs, they have a ridiculous clock but they run every app you want light or heavy at a blazing fast speed

    • Usama2shot

      Plus at google site it’s 2.3ghz here it’s 2.5 ghz, what is this crap? That’s what they want or what , predicted? But came wrong.

      • Protoss

        They can if they want to underclock the Cpu for less power consumption for example look at HTC One M7/M8 they came with the same SoC as the Galaxy S4/S5 but a little bit underclocked the M7 at 1,7ghz vs the S4 at 1,9ghz and the M8 at 2,3ghz vs the S5 at 2,5ghz, 2,3ghz is already more than enough, just look at Apple SoCs, they have a ridiculous clock but they run every app you want light or heavy at a blazing fast speed

  • Zachary Yeh

    What’s the ratio?

    • José A. Medina


  • monkey god

    How the heck did you get 4GB RAM? Even the rumors before this only had it at 3GB at MOST.

  • Sumitro Bhaumik

    How long till it comes to India? :(

    • Stas

      If you want, you can order it from the U.S or Europe and pay additional delivery costs. Of course it costs more, but if you don’t want wait….

  • José A. Medina

    I love it, but I’m the only one who thinks that bezels are giantnormous?

    A little less would be excellent

    • John Garlits

      Those are speakers on the sides, and where would you hold a tablet with no bezels? It’s not like a phone you can hold on the edges in one hand.

      • José A. Medina

        I know but i thought that it’ll be more comfortable to use it in portrait mode since it’s 4:3, so the speakers wont be covered.

        But I’ll wait till the reviews arrive to criticize it.

  • Kevin Kuo

    Does it come with the iBend feature? No? How about a free album? No too? I’ll pass…

    • Anonymousfella

      No metal unibody. Isn’t overpriced. Guess this is not for people who like premium devices

      • who sais “metal unibody” is what qualifies as a premium device?
        a premium device is one that works properly. and does the job. not a marketing idea. ive seen very crappy devices come in extremely nice packaging, but the product in the end was still crap.

        • Anonymousfella

          Guess you didnt get my sarcasm….

          • 4runnerJones

            He didn’t get it.

  • Gaga 5566

    Google official info stated Nexus 9 having 2GB Ram… which is weird… :S

    • Protoss

      Why? Do the Nexus 7 2013 lag when you use it? My Nexus 4 doesnt lag even when i use multiple apps, but it’s slow and it take its time because of the older cpu, the cpu of that tablet is an absolute monster and it will run stock Android, what do you want more?

  • monkey god

    I wonder if the back textures will be the same as it was with the Nexus 5? Meaning soft-touch black or slippery matte white.

  • Tyrone Yennille


  • Samuel

    what’s the price?

  • Protoss

    October 16 and i’ll know between the new iPad Mini/iPad Pro or that amazing Nexus 9 what’s gonna be my next tablet

    • Usama2Shot

      Well, I always believe when choosing products , it should always be on to the user . What he wants from the device what usage and productivity he/she wants from it. It’s 2014 and these days it’s we who have the choice. So they both are one of the more durable and balanced in most of the areas. iPads are De Most Durable Stable tablets in the market, period. Android Nexus the Most experimenting tablets, open ware kind of things. You are stable things always on spot device type of guy , go for ipad. If you love tweaking and experimenting then Nexus is the best of the lot other androids.

  • Mf Lye

    what’s the price man???

  • ok that sounds strange. 64bit with only 2 gb of ram and only dual core. can they make a good choice as comes to hardware?

    • David Onter

      “And only a dual core” he says… -.-

      • i use ULV cpu for work and i hate it! my nexus 7 2012 was really rubbish ’til i restored and i gave it to a friend. in that moment with stupid games and no work apps (autocad 360, autodesk apps, adobe photoshop, sketchbook, etc) was surprisingly fast. “for makers” they say…. make it good!

    • Usama2shot

      When will the people understand this!!! Spec don’t matter, usage in hands and comparing then with other device is critical. Apple still has dual core no octa rubbish but it’s still the fastest with zero lag. They don’t boast ghz or ram but when these reviewing site have android they are always comparing specs, on hand experience is more important and not just one week usage like these sites do , atleast 2months.

      • apple has first class programming language and no java. so they don’t need an emulator. specs are a good choice in android if there is this kind of problem. but i could be wrong if anyone makes a port of 123d creature on android without lag or crash.

        • Usama2Shot

          Nice that info , agreed.

  • Ste

    Since the two different resolution you give are both wrong, here the one on the google page : QXGA (2048×1536)

  • Piyush Nayak

    wow really excited to get hands on with this……

  • mwf369

    MicroSD support?

    • David Onter

      No, of course not. Google won’t do it mate :/

  • jc914

    4GB of RAM? Android site says 2GB.

    • Protoss

      It’s officially 2, people get crazy enough to think that it will come with 4Gb just because it got a 64bit cpu

  • Sagar Modi

    The RAM is 2GB. Kindly make the correction.

  • Guest

    This makes business sense, making the Nexus part of the Line up of Motorola devices and not a forgotten member of the family, There is always the Motorola x if you want a smaller device with close to stock Android L

  • Shark Bait

    that bezel tho!

  • dave


    $200 for a keyboard with emoticons on it? my ibm M would kill it.

    Killer gaming CPU/GPU though.

    But for business user, no.

    Looks like may be hoping the fence- hitting up HP Stream 8, a 8″ win8 tablet for $250 with office (the 7″ is $150) how can I go wrong?

    Not that I will miss rooting and xprivacy updating and waiting for the latest updates….

    Anything you guys know of that will get 8 inches for $250 bucks?
    (and no there is not a joke in here)

    • Larsony

      How do you know the keyboard is $200?

  • Toshi

    Mhm i got mipad wich is a great tablet , powerfull enough for everything i throw at it,but this onr looks so tempting ,i am sure it will be perfect :)

    • RyanBcrazyMon

      Which site did you get the Mipad from? When? How much $? I searched for it when it came out but it was wayyy over priced by resellers. Just think people in China have been buying the quad core version of the Nvidia K1 since April for $250. It’s still the most powerful processor. Finally, this chip comes to the USA in 64bit.

  • Pradaman Shorey

    I understand that you guys need to push the article out to people asap but at least give proper specs, you can simply do a copy paste from google’s blog to avoid any typos… not good android authority….not good..

  • BatDroid

    Words can’t explain how much I hate that navigation bar. Why don’t they put hardware buttons like galaxy tabs. They just look lot better and are better to use.

  • Stadi

    You don’t have an article mentioning the “Nexus Player”. I’m a bit disappointing with that, it will only have 1GB ram. That will not really be a gaming device as they are advertising it.

    Also regarding Nexus 9. Does it have micro SD card support? It’s not mentioned anywhere.

    • spade

      Your second paragraph.. It’s Nexus dude! What did you expect?

  • Stadi

    Wait, what’s with the 4GB ram and 3MP front camera? Are you this sloppy or is Google changing the specs???

    • it’s a 1.6mp front camera and 2gb ram, androidauthority rushed this article this I think

    • Stadi

      Actually I was hoping for specs like that. Maybe I will wait if HTC releases this with better specs. It can’t cost much more than this.

  • TheHaitianSilverback

    Now the price….

  • saxophone15

    Looks interesting, though I’m still debating whether to get this or the xpeira z3 tablet compact. Do you guy think the processor is enough of a reason to go with the nexus 9 over the z3 tablet (I assume the z3 will get an update for Android 5.0)?

  • TeeJay1100

    But how much is it tho?

  • Sourabh

    The nexus 9 website shows 2GB of Ram and not 4 GB!?

  • Gabbaking

    I was hoping for a bigger tablet 10 or 11inch TBH

  • Chad Thornley

    Yeah I’m seeing a lot of variation with the specs… first of all when I caught the claimed 4gb or RAM and see it is listed at 2… what’s up with this?

  • Lito

    Andrew Grush did a mistake

  • Blaze

    Everything sounds perfect except: “4:3 aspect ratio” wtf? why a high end device like this would pack such an pre 90’s display form. Will we watch our 1080p videos with stupid black bars on it? or will it abnormally zoom it in losing detail?

    • Mr Mop

      4:3 is pretty nice for web browsing and playing games, but yeah, it’s pretty bad for watching 16:9 videos due to the huge black bars on the top and bottom.

      • Blaze

        Also almost everything modern including games and other content are widescreen natively, so 4:3 its just a very ackward step back and will generate conflicts here and there IMO.

        • Protoss

          It’s not, it’s just différent, it’s like saying that a 13Mpx shooter is a step back vs 4 or 6 Mpx shooter just because 13Mpx is 4:3 and 4 or 6 is 16:9, not a step back, just different, i’ve watched many movies on my iPad Mini and it was great, really, web browsing is great vs 16:9 i can feel it when i browse with my Nexus 4

    • Captain Jack Harkness

      Agree with you waited now going with the new yoga w/ a pica projector 12″! Nexus fail!

  • Stadi

    I’m tempted to get the Shield Tablet instead. That has micro SD card support and has a 16:10 screen. The usable screen size (for movies) on it is probably at least as big (if not bigger) as the Nexus 9

  • Martin

    I wanted the Nexus 9 but the price… wow. Almost 500 euros for the 32GB version. That’s £450? I need a good reason why I shouldn’t just get a FireHDX 32GB for £369 and make it Stock Android.

    • gethylogic

      The price quoted in the article is in dollars not euros so $479 works out at £298. Of course that doesn’t mean it will be sold in the UK for that price but the figure will be around that ball park.

      • Martin

        Check out the German price leak for Nexus 9.

        489 Euros.

        If it is £300 for a 32gb Nexus 9, that’s a freaking bargain and I’ll snap it up. I’m looking for a £380 (max) Nexus 9 though.

        • gethylogic

          489 Euros works out as £383. Unfortunately I think we’re going to have to wait until someone officially confirms the UK prices.

  • Tom M

    What on earth does this mean “The namesake display size is actually 8.9-inches, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600.”. This = 16:9 and it was just announced the N9 will be 4:3 !!! The only reason I am now abandoning Nexus is because of the 4:3 display. Hasn’t anyone ever tried to watch a movie on an iPad ???? Surely it’s not only me notices half the screen is black or the sides are missing or worst of all the picture is distorted?

    • Mr Mop

      2560×1600 is 16:10.

      Watching videos on a 4:3 display is pretty bad, but personally, web browsing and games are better on this aspect ratio.

      • Tom M

        Yes, no doubt people who aren’t bothered about movies and TV would prefer 4:3. But I am querying the quote: “The namesake display size is actually 8.9-inches, with a resolution of 2560 x 1600.”. Can anyone explain this or is it just a slip?

  • CPA01

    We have gathered today to honor the memory of the Nexus line. She proudly served to show that the people do not need to spend exorbitant amounts of money to get a great device, whether it be a tablet or a smartphone. The Nexus showed us that we could get fast updates, smooth performance and quality devices all without the astronomical markups that her competitors offered. While she changed her outfits many times, from shiny glass to smooth matte and everything in between, she was always a classy lady who knew what she needed to be and when.

    We’ll miss you Ms. Nexus. Rest in peace.

    • Kirtap Llahsram

      I think that is Nvidia being money hogs, what with their Shield Tab with these specs and front facing speakers.
      They probably cranked the price of the K1. It’s called marketing.

      • hkklife

        If Nvidia cranked the K1 price then Google and HTC should have gone Qualcomm. Look how poorly things went the LAST time HTC used an Nvidia SoC! I’d rather have a Snapdragob 805 and a cheaper sticker price anyday.

        • Cole Raney

          They probably wanted to jave a 74-bit device. For that they either needed tegra or exynos.

        • Kirtap Llahsram

          Yeah, well, look at the benchmark scores.

          $400 seems worth it to me.

    • Xiaomi managed to offer the Mipad with a lower price, so I don’t think Nvidia and the K1 has anything to do with it. Really sad that it became too expensive now.

  • crutchcorn

    They did a really good job with this… Might go this way after all

  • Kirtap Llahsram

    Anyone else notice the “Double tap to wake” under “Display” on the official specifications page?

  • MadCowOnAStick

    Google knows about the tablet picture-taking kind…
    However, people will continue to use their iPads because they don’t know how to use tampons.

  • systemupdate

    Pre-order is only in US or Canada too?

  • isamu

    no micro sd no buy…too much like ipad. no bueno.

    • CPA01

      True, but last I checked, Android still supports OTG….unlike iOS.

  • Cole Raney

    4:3 aspect ratio? Ughhh, no thanks. I tried out an iPad for a week and I felt that was the worst thing about it.

  • john

    This is near identical in spec to Mi Pad, except has the denver 64bit dual core instead of quad A15s, no sd card slot, and slightly larger screen.

  • Larsony

    Woah woah woah. you want us to spend $400 for this and around $600 for the phone? You can’t be serious. I mean honestly. I’m only p/o’d because I was really looking forward to this tablet. The idea of a competitive device at bargain prices that was nexus is no more. Google doesn’t even get money from these devices. Is it nvidia that’s bumping the prices? This is kind of a let down for me guys.

    • Protoss

      No one told you to buy both, both are premium devices

  • Audi Sathish

    67000mah? Lol.

  • Gonçalo Borges

    Does anyone know the difference in performance between dual and quadcore K1s (yes, i’m talking Antutu bragging rights, or whatever you wanna call It. It’s just that i’m selling my iPad Air for this, don’t want to regret buying the dual core if it’s slower than the quad)? Quad-core is 32 bit and dual core is 64 bit, but i suppose the quad core will still be faster? I’m chosing between the nexus 9 and the Nvidia shield… thanks for the help

  • Chetan Sharma

    Battery 67000? Really

  • Otto Andersson

    Does anyone know if this will have force feedback? I didn’t realize how important this feature was to me until it was missing from my nexus 7.

  • Hacker Mico

    it seem like Google set Motorola and HTC to self destruction or maybe is not Google idea to partner with this 2 company. how many people do you think is going to buy Motorola nexus for $650 or HTC nexus for $500 over Samsung note 4 and Samsung tablet. the price is way to high. how many people buy Samsung galaxy s4 Google edition, i guess few people due to the $650 price tag. lot of people already lost interest in the new nexus, first the phone is too big and over price with no s pen.
    well i’m here to tell Google keep your big fat phone and high price, i’m good with my nexus 4.

  • Shawn A

    Its says it has a 4.3 aspect ratio instead of a traditional 16:9 is that a really bad thing??

  • tujiro

    I had been waiting for this tablet since my tablet broke 6 months ago. Now I wish I would have just bought that note 8 that was on sale. This is WAY overpriced. I’ve loved my nexus devices up to now

  • Lawrence

    Is the memory expandable?

  • Voltaic

    Confusing information going around. I thought the Nexus 9 had 4GB of RAM? Why make a big deal out of the 64Bit capability otherwise.

  • Captain Jack Harkness

    Where is the qi charging? Totally underwhelmed

  • risky wahyu nugroho

    this tablet is so damn good..i have to get this one
    blog andriod indonesia

  • RDS

    USB on Nexus 9 is 2.0 NOT 4.0 the post is misleading. (Unless Google made a mistake on their site and you are right)
    No mention of Video output ports, I assume this means None?

  • hommy!

    not in pakistan..or worldwide too

  • kordiak

    Buy Nexus 9 = “OK Google, takes my money” :(

  • Right Now

    Lately Google got greedy, and I can’t figure why. I guess I will stick with my Nexus 7 2nd edition. They don’t even offer a trade program. Do they expect people to throw money on this one with this price? Hello… Can you put your glasses on please?