Google's Nexus 9 revealed ahead of I/O conference

Next week, Google will host its I/O conference where it will likely unveil many new Android based products and software, with one of them being the Nexus 9. For those who do not know, Nexus is the brand name that Google uses for hardware that it sells directly to the consumer. Because Google sells it directly, there is no middle-man in the way for software updates, so if you are looking for a device that will receive software updates first, the Nexus line of products are for you.

Android Police was able to get the scoop on the device that is referred to as 'Volantis' and is built by HTC. You can see in the image that the device, based on its specs, is quite slim at .31 inches. Seeing that it will be built out of aluminum, weigh 418g and come with all the expected sensors and chips, this device looks like it could be the best 8in Android tablet on the market.

The 2048x1440 display will come in at 281 PPI, which means that it should offer up a fantastic viewing experience. Toss in the NVIDIA's latest chips, 2GB of RAM, and LTE, and we think this makes for one complete and compact tablet. The device is expected to be called the 'Nexus 9' as that is how it is referred to internally at Google.

Google's I/O conference is next week and we expect to see this device shown off on stage.

Source and Image: Android Police

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4:3 nope.

When I watch YouTube videos I don't want some janky stretched out nonsense or tiny letter boxed crap that cuts off half of my screen.

4:3 on a phone, awful. (and never seen any popular models with it)

4:3 on a small tablet, wonderful.

more screen real estate is a key feature 4:3 can bring to the small tablets. real estate on small tablets is their raison d'etre. or they drown in a sea of big phones.

The problem is not the hardware, the problem is that Android in a tablet is NOT really useful! Apps are terrible on Android Tablet.

But But But But 4:3 isn't good for anything someone once said! Actually I have a screenshot of that exact post on my desktop :laugh:

Let me open it and quote it exactly... here we go

"4:3 sucks for multitasking, Watching Video, Hell, basically everything. Why are you constantly clamoring for such an obsolete ratio!?"

i hope they go with 4/8 gb ram for the final product. 2 gb is quite small. i also wish they have more disk space than 16/32. why can't they offer something like 128/256 gb disk space? :p

And, why can't they offer a better cpu that is not ARM? A Haswell i5 will be great. Also add a dGPU please, or at least use iris so I can run AutoCad on it!!!!!

victorecho said,
why can't they offer something like 128/256 gb disk space? :p

Wrong question. Right question would be: Why new devices have no SD card support? Answer is obvious, because manufacturers could rip off customers by charging 4 times more for extra storage by eliminating competition from memory card makers. Find me one customer who would be not happy if his tablet or phone supported external SD card? All biggest manufacturers act like they have formed price fixing cartel in this matter.

Alansweeney said,
...so I can run AutoCad on it!!!!!

Why are you so obsessed in running AutoCad on a 9" screen? Those are some tiny designs.

EJocys said,

...because manufacturers could rip off customers by charging 4 times more for extra storage by eliminating competition from memory card makers.

Agreed. Apple is a model in doing this. They have their rationales but should really let user make the choice (i.e. provide a sd card model simultaneously) imo.

RangerLG said,
Why are you so obsessed in running AutoCad on a 9" screen? Those are some tiny designs.

Just pun. I won't touch a CAD if not necessary on such a device.

Should be good and glad to see google have partnered up with HTC again, although I don't use my nexus 7 2013 very much so probably won't bother upgrading.

I'm glad to see HTC back in the Nexus game, they make the nicest hardware outside of Apple imo. I loved the Nexus One, excellent industrial design and it felt premium in that it was not made entirely of plastic.

If the rumours are true this is going to be the first "Silver" device and not a Nexus device, does that mean there's gonna be "Gold" devices? Really think Google are shooting themselves in the foot if it's true, Nexus devices sold so well because they were a reasonable price.

Nothing special with this device. You still can't run a full install of AutoCad on it.
Reading ebooks and net surfing...that's it.

thexfile said,
Nothing special with this device. You still can't run a full install of AutoCad on it.
Reading ebooks and net surfing...that's it.

Thanks for stating the obvious...I don't think a company would make much money if they developed a product specifically for 3 people on the planet who desperately want to run autocad on a 9" tablet.

You know what most people want tablets for? Media consumption...You know what this tablet is perfect for? Media consumption.

As someone who owns a couple Nexus 10s, all I can say is it better not come in at $400 again...actually $275 might be too much. I'm holding off for a the windows machines using CORE chips. Also, I don't find a 9" screen at all appealing, 10" wasn't really enough. If it can't fit in my back pocket, it's going in something else, as long as, that "something else" is a briefcase or portfolio, I'll take the biggest screen that can fit in those thanks.

Google device are always priced aggressively, the nexus 7 and 7v2 where great, the v2 is still a solid performer. I can stand Samsung os so I'm waiting for a good larger tablet from Google to be released (9 inch is cool, I actually won a Samsung 8.9 back then(tab 8.9lte), still have it, but it a lag fest now with all new apps run Ok with 1 or 2 app booted up.. Lol u use it as a cooking book as its barely able to play 720p video

Noticed it's HTC. Back in time HTC wasn't able to supply Nexus devices enough to cover world market. It was only available in US with limited availability in EU5.

it's funny how both MSFT and Goog have moved away from 16:9/10 in their latest machines.

16:10 is borderline okay, but 3:2 or 4:3 would suit me better. I've always envied the iPad for that reason.

Mackster said,
You mean it's funny that they decided Apple was right?

That's is not what is being said. They decided a 4:3 is better than 16:9, and it happens that the iPad also uses this aspect ratio.

ZipZapRap said,
it's funny how both MSFT and Goog have moved away from 16:9/10 in their latest machines.

16:10 is borderline okay, but 3:2 or 4:3 would suit me better. I've always envied the iPad for that reason.

Since when has Google moved away from 16:9/16:10? Their current Nexus lineup (AT THE MOMENT) is 16:9/16:10. The majority of Android devices are 16:9/16:10.

tsupersonic said,
Since when has Google moved away from 16:9/16:10? Their current Nexus lineup (AT THE MOMENT) is 16:9/16:10. The majority of Android devices are 16:9/16:10.

Understand what I said in the context of this article :)

why everyone is comparing it with Surface pro 3. Check out surface pro 3 specifications i7, 8gigs of RAM and almost everything that arm processors doesn;t have. You can't run photoshop and can't do programming like stuffs in these tablets. If you have to compare surface pro 3 compare it with macbook air not these type of nexus tablets..Just viewing angles can't make it perfect to compare it with high end devices like surfaces etc.

Edited by Rohan Sharma, Jun 22 2014, 6:34am :

Rohan Sharma said,
why everyone is comparing it with Surface pro 3. Check out surface pro 3 specifications i7, 8gigs of RAM and almost everything that arm processors doesn;t have. You can't run photoshop and can't do programming like stuffs in these tablets.

Who's going to want to do professional image work or programming on a crappy tablet with a tiny screen. Get real. 30 inch monitor or multiple screens + mechanical switch keyboard + precision laser mouse. That's what that niche uses.

Now if someone wants an ultra mobile tablet for media consumption, games, web, social, light office work, etc, then something like the Nexus is ideal, and it's less than half the price of the Surface Pro.

Rohan Sharma said,

If you have to compare surface pro 3 compare it with macbook air not these type of nexus tablets..Just viewing angles can't make it perfect to compare it with high end devices like surfaces etc.

I'm sorry, but it doesn't compare to ultrabooks either. The Pro really doesn't fit in anywhere. It's expensive yet poor compared with laptops, and it fairs poorly against Android and iOS tablets too.

Interesting choice of 4:3 aspect ratio, since most (if not all?) Android tablets are 16:9. However, personally I feel 4:3 is a better ratio for smaller sized tablets (one of the main reasons I got an iPad mini over an equivalent Android tablet) as 16:9 just "feels" too cramped on the smaller screen sizes to me.

I just chose a Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 over the Nexus 10 precisely for that reason. Pity since the Nexus was on sale for $350 at a local Walmart. But the extra 50 I spent on the GTP was worth it to me. I'll use Google Drive, but I at least want the option of a MicroSD slot.

Hmm this has cropped up on other sites, and there are a few things wrong with the picture, like where are the front facing speakers? Why does the back resemble the current N7's back design - no hints of aluminium...Why 4:3? I'll believe it when I see Google announce it at I/O.

It's better for web surfing.

Yet there are tones of 4:3 Android tablets, it's good to see an official one with top specs. Still 3GB of RAM would be better.

coth said,
It's better for web surfing.

Yet there are tones of 4:3 Android tablets, it's good to see an official one with top specs. Still 3GB of RAM would be better.

How is 4:3 better for web surfing? Most displays produced these days predominantly have an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10, thus content is optimized for wide screens, not to mention app compatibility. For me, it's a big step backward, since tablets are designed for media consumption. Media is always better on a wide screen aspect ratio.

There really aren't "tons" of Android tablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio, at least not from the big manufacturers. XDA forums has a list: http://forum.xda-developers.co...ad.php?t=1929587&page=4. As you can see, not many devices, and of the devices that are available with 4:3 aspect ratios, they are really not worth your money.

tsupersonic said,
How is 4:3 better for web surfing? Most displays produced these days predominantly have an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10, thus content is optimized for wide screens, not to mention app compatibility. For me, it's a big step backward, since tablets are designed for media consumption. Media is always better on a wide screen aspect ratio.

There really aren't "tons" of Android tablets with a 4:3 aspect ratio, at least not from the big manufacturers. XDA forums has a list: http://forum.xda-developers.co...ad.php?t=1929587&page=4. As you can see, not many devices, and of the devices that are available with 4:3 aspect ratios, they are really not worth your money.

16:9 is only good for watching movies, and nothing else. The only reason shitton of Android tablets used 16:9 is because these panels were cheap to produce.
Apple was using 4:3 from the get go because they actually put thought into their products, and don't impulsively release crap.

Heck, even the Surface Pro 3 went away from 16:9 to a much less wider aspect ratio.

You want to watch a movie? How about you watch it on a device that's meant for it and not a small ###### screen.

tsupersonic said,

How is 4:3 better for web surfing? Most displays produced these days predominantly have an aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10, thus content is optimized for wide screens...

Websites are tall... not wide. A website needs as much vertical screen area as you can give it.

http://i.imgur.com/72eUZR9.png

Browsing the web on 16:9 feels like you're looking through a mail slot :)

Caleb said,

16:9 is only good for watching movies, and nothing else. The only reason shitton of Android tablets used 16:9 is because these panels were cheap to produce.
Apple was using 4:3 from the get go because they actually put thought into their products, and don't impulsively release crap.

Heck, even the Surface Pro 3 went away from 16:9 to a much less wider aspect ratio.

You want to watch a movie? How about you watch it on a device that's meant for it and not a small ###### screen.

I have an iPad Air, a Nexus 7, and a Surface Pro 2. I'm not tied down to just one ecosystem, so I have daily experience with all these devices, and there are some excellent Android tablets out there (not all are crap). More often than not, I will turn to the Nexus 7 or Surface Pro 2 or any device in my house that's 16:9/16:10 for media consumption or web browsing. It really is nice to be able to hold a tablet while laying in bed to watch a TV show or movie. If that doesn't work for you, great, but people use their devices the way they want. Travelling on plane/train/bus - great reason to have a widescreen to watch a movie.

The Surface Pro 3's 3:2 display is great for taking notes. What's also awesome is there is space for a program with on-screen keyboard (a huge problem with the SP1/2). I would much prefer this over 4:3, and 3:2 scales to 15:10, so good enough for media consumption. There really aren't much benefits to having a 4:3 screen - maybe just good for reading a book. IMO, it's not ideal at all for my daily tablet use - which is a consumption device. Without a keyboard built in (hold bluetooth keyboards), all tablets are useless for productivity.

I think people are also forgetting these devices have accelerometers. You can turn the screen...

Michael Scrip said,

What?

Websites are tall... not wide. A website needs as much vertical screen area as you can give it.

http://i.imgur.com/72eUZR9.png

Browsing the web on 16:9 feels like looking through a mail slot :)

Tilt your device or turn your screen. I love having a 16:9/16:10 monitor in portrait mode. You will have way more vertical space (1920 pixels on a 1920x1080/1920x1200 monitor), which is highly beneficial for running terminal emulators, which is my day-to-day job. Also, in this way it is way better than 4:3/3:2 monitor for reading PDF's and long websites like that.

tsupersonic said,
Tilt your device or turn your screen. I love having a 16:9/16:10 monitor in portrait mode. You will have way more vertical space (1920 pixels on a 1920x1080/1920x1200 monitor), which is highly beneficial for running terminal emulators, which is my day-to-day job. Also, in this way it is way better than 4:3/3:2 monitor for reading PDF's and long websites like that.

Agreed... my next desktop monitor will be 16:10... I hate 16:9 on anything except televisions.

Depending on the size of a tablet though... holding 16:9 vertically can make it top-heavy.

People like 4:3 in tablets because it's a nice balance (literally) in screen real estate and device size.

tsupersonic said,
Tilt your device or turn your screen. I love having a 16:9/16:10 monitor in portrait mode. You will have way more vertical space (1920 pixels on a 1920x1080/1920x1200 monitor), which is highly beneficial for running terminal emulators, which is my day-to-day job. Also, in this way it is way better than 4:3/3:2 monitor for reading PDF's and long websites like that.

10,1'' 16:10 is too long, big in portrait orientation. 8,9'' 4:3 has same width in portrait orientation, 13,6 cm. That means you'll have ideally equal text and zoom size. A portion of page would be cut at bottom, but it's still would be enough. In landscape orientation you'll get more information on screen, because it would be taller. iPad has even wider viewport in portrait orientation - 14,8 cm.

i was hoping (and waiting) for nexus 8.


however nexus 9 sounds awesome too :) weight wise it seems ok.
and i am sure it will look great (given latest HTC designs)


i might get it. though, by the time it comes out i might get a win tablet, if i find something sexy for good money.

Speaking of release, Volantis is expected to be the launch device for Android's L release, pegged for an unspecified date in Q4 2014. We definitely are not expecting this for Google I/O.

The article specifically states this is not expected at I/O.

But you can play StarCraft 1 with Winulator on an android, which does actual emulation and not that BS streaming crap :D. Well not like the majority will play an RTS game on a tablet but it is something that I enjoy playing on my tablet :p when I'm away from home.

Edited by AimLXJ, Jun 22 2014, 1:45pm :

Wall-swe said,
Actually, the Android store is better than the iOS appstore these days!

#1 app a fake virus scanner? Yep, that's sure better!!

So far what i have seen the trend is that developers first release their apps in Apple app store and than on android playstore. Their is a reason first of all most of Apple user are ready to spend money on apps as compare to playstore recently i've read that japan and korea are the main only countries spending money on app in playstore.But that;s not is in the case of Apple. Even in emerging markets everyone doesn't have Samsung S5 and Lg g 3 like stuffs so market is small and fragmented and updates delivery is poor in android so if you update your apps for android 4.4 you will only reach to 5% of market.But in apple if you update apps for ios& and more you are developing for 90% of the market that's a huge difference and also app piracy is very very limited on App store(maybe just 0.5%) but for android i think it maybe around 8% that's seem to small but very big.

Wall-swe said,
Actually, the Android store is better than the iOS appstore these days!

I disagree the main thing that separates iPad and Android tablets for me is app compatibility. If the Play store doesn't let you download the app on a tablet because it only has phone compatibility you are SOL getting it from them. You have to go out of your way to get the APK. With apple you just have to use the iPhone version blown up if the developer never made an iPad version.

badb0y said,
100 times better than "an iPad"

ANYTHING is better than an iPad. Getting away from the abomination that is iOS is a massive improvement all around!

shockz said,

#1 app a fake virus scanner? Yep, that's sure better!!


Yay for lies :D

Most of the top apps are Games. Of the two that aren't one is a GPS app and the other is Facebook.

I know you cling to your last card(appstore) in the deck and preach, but the truth is that Apple has been surpassed in all fields in the phone and tablet market.

go for quality not quantity. Just see that a single company with few products(APPLE) and on other hand Android has huge army of phones from htc, samsung, lg, motorola, huawei,zte and still they are unable to provide quality like apple except htc. I am not a huge apple fan but that's the fact apple provides quality.And yes samsung has supassed apple but see it has galaxy s5,s4,note3, and don;t know how many smartphones they released every year.

To be honest I'm surprised that nVidia is chosen as a partner given nVidia's behaviour in the past by refusing to provide specifications to Android developers so that legacy devices can be supported with the latest version of Android.

Meh. I'm surprised nvidia was chosen considering how crap their Tegra line of chips were. Nvidia kept telling us what a gamechanger those chips were, how they would revolutionize tablet gaming and power usage...and the reality? Qualcomm and Samsung's offerings were consistently better.

Nvidia should stick with making desktop GPUs and utterly BS charts and percentages.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
refusing to provide specifications to Android developers

Not sure why developers need to know anything about the underlying hardware? They should just stick to their apps, and leave the hardware to those who actually understand it!

dvb2000 said,

Not sure why developers need to know anything about the underlying hardware? They should just stick to their apps, and leave the hardware to those who actually understand it!

You've never built a custom rom, I see.

-Razorfold said,
Meh. I'm surprised nvidia was chosen considering how crap their Tegra line of chips were. Nvidia kept telling us what a gamechanger those chips were, how they would revolutionize tablet gaming and power usage...and the reality? Qualcomm and Samsung's offerings were consistently better.

Nvidia should stick with making desktop GPUs and utterly BS charts and percentages.

Sure, tegras weren't the best, but certainly not crap.

Let's say they were; It's wrong to judge a new product based on how good or bad its predecessors were.

The 64-bit Tegra K1 has a completely new custom designed ARM core and also is the first in line to move away from the older pixel/vertex shader based GPU to the modern kepler architecture.

Obviously we shouldn't just take nvidia's word for it, but saying that it's not going to be good just because, isn't the wisest thing.

We just have to wait and see.

Obviously we shouldn't just take nvidia's word for it, but saying that it's not going to be good just because, isn't the wisest thing.

Sure but after you see their past history with the Tegra 1, 2, 3, and 4, it kindoff makes you doubt anything that comes out of their mouth.

Choto Cheeta said,
Compare to Surface Pro 3's fire power, the specs doesn't look that great, do they ??

Compare to Surface 3 price this will look great though won't it??

Choto Cheeta said,
Compare to Surface Pro 3's fire power, the specs doesn't look that great, do they ??

The Surface Pro 3 is a Tablet-PC, with emphasis on the PC part. It's a wonky comparison. Two different products, with two different purposes, for two different customers.

But I do think the screen ratio of the Surface Pro 3 lends itself better for tablet purposes then the previous generations (where they made a concious decision to sacrifice tablet usability for PC usability). The Surface 3 (or Mini) could hit the sweetspot between tablet and PC and still be affordable. I would like to see how that device measures up against the Nexus 9.

Choto Cheeta said,

Compare to Surface Pro 3's fire power, the specs doesn't look that great, do they ??

bobbba said,

Compare to Surface 3 price this will look great though won't it??

Owned :D

Choto Cheeta said,
Compare to Surface Pro 3's fire power, the specs doesn't look that great, do they ??

If we wanted a heavy, power hungry, and expensive device, we'd get a PC or ultrabook wouldn't we?

Plus it's not even the hardware that's really the problem with the Pro, it's the software. I'm sorry but I much prefer stock Android to Windows 8 and Metro.

I dont know guys, but here in this link, Microsoft likes to call this new Surface Hardware Tablet with starting price of USD 800.. http://www.microsoft.com/surfa...n-us/products/surface-pro-3

Secondly, last time when I checked the android tablets for power users, it looked that they too want to place it as a PC replacement by showing their moves to do everything that a tablet users would do in a PC..

Presently, Nexus 7 with LTE is priced at USD 350, so I guess the Nexus 9 wont be cheaper than that :p

Choto Cheeta said,

Secondly, last time when I checked the android tablets for power users, it looked that they too want to place it as a PC replacement by showing their moves to do everything that a tablet users would do in a PC..

You can do a lot of things with a tablet these days on iOS and Android, but it's not a replacement for niche activities like professional graphics design, programming, and so forth. And the Surface Pro doesn't cut it for those activities either if you do them seriously.

I've got a keyboard accessory for my Android tablet, but it's not a replacement for my desktop in terms of professional work. It's great as a mobile device in general though, and that's 99% of the market. The Pro would never replace it either because 1. It's not GNU/Linux, and 2. The hardware is weak and the screen is tiny. I usually work on 30 inch monitors at least.

Choto Cheeta said,

Presently, Nexus 7 with LTE is priced at USD 350, so I guess the Nexus 9 wont be cheaper than that :p

Well that's less than half the price of the Pro. It's no competition for me.