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Google’s New Nexus 9 Is Android’s iPad Air

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It’s been nearly two years
since we’ve seen a new Nexus tablet, but the wait is over. Welcome the long-rumored Nexus 9 to the family. 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, front-facing speakers, and a 2048 x 1440 281 PPI LCD screen. 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.

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 $130.

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. It’ll hit stores on 11/3, with an LTE version coming later this year.

So what happened to the Nexus 7? It’s hard to say. The tablet’s been out of stock for ages now, and Google’s snazzy new Nexus landing page features the 5, the 6, and the 9. But in a world where phones are creeping up on 6-inches, the case for a 7-inch tablet—especially one with a slim 16:9 aspect ratio like the Nexus 7’s—is harder than ever to make. In this brave new Google world, it looks like you’ve got your pick of phones, bigger phones, and tablets.

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