It’s been nearly two years since we’ve seen a new Nexus tablet, but the wait is over. Alongside anew Nexus 6 phone, the Nexus Player, and a new version of Android, the Nexus 9 is finally official. It’s like the iPad Air, but Android.
Just as the rumors indicated, the new Nexus 9 is a 9-inch tablet made by HTC, sporting an Nvidia Tegra K1 for a brain along with a Kepler DX11 GPU, front-facing speakers, a 2048 x 1440 281 PPI LCD screen, and a 6700 mAh battery. It’s got a nice aluminum trim, and on the back it has that familiar soft-touch carbonate back and “Nexus” branding, like an upscaled Nexus 5. And it’s available in white and black and tan. And also, if you feel like Surfacing it up, the Nexus 9 has a an optional keyboard case that will retail for (a hefty) $220.
It’s a Nexus device launching around the same time as a major revision of Android, so naturally it’ll come loaded up with Android Lollipop. It’s available for pre-order starting October 17th, with a starting price of $400.