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Report: $399 Nexus 9 to launch October 15, availability from November 3

More reports suggest that Google is gearing up to unveil the Nexus 9 starting from $399 next week, with availability starting from early November.
October 10, 2014
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Another report suggests that Google is gearing up to unveil the Nexus 9 next week, with availability starting from early November.

Android Authority has reported exclusively that Android L and new hardware will be introduced on October 15 or October 16, while the new device will actually become available in stores from November 1.

Now Bright Side of News is reporting something very similar: a launch (and pre-orders) on October 15, with availability in stores from November 3. The report, supposedly coming from a trusted source, also mentions a price for the HTC-manufactured device: $399. Just like the Nexus 7 (2013), the Nexus 9 will reportedly be available at retailers, both online and brick and mortar, from day one. Of course, the device will still sell through the Play Store.

If BSN’s report is accurate, the Nexus 9 will be significantly more expensive than the Nexus 7 (2013), which started from $229 for the base model. But that’s hardly a surprise given the specifications and features that the device is reported to have. These include a Quad HD screen, a 64-bit Tegra K1 processor, and probably a massive battery. There’s been talk about metal design, though a credible leaked image suggests that at least one version will feature a plastic body.

While we can’t confirm the $399 price tag, a source close to the matter told Android Authority that the Nexus 9 will be priced similarly to the premium version of Apple’s iPad Mini. The LTE-enabled iPad Mini costs $429, so $399 for the Nexus 9 sounds plausible.

Things often change from day to day when it comes to product launches, so there’s still room for surprises. We think though that we’ll finally see the new Nexus tablet (and perhaps the new Nexus 6 phone, which the WSJ confirmed is coming soon) next week.

Will you buy the Nexus 9 if it costs $399? How much would you be willing to spend on an HTC-made Nexus tablet, considering that LTE versions may cost more than $399?