Google's flagship tablet will be the first tablet to release with the Android 5.0 Lollipop update out of the box, right along side its smartphone sibling, the Nexus 6. Pre-orders began on Friday, October 17 with release slated for November 3rd.
The 8.9-inch tablet is Google's answer to rival Apple's new iPad Air 2, which started pre-orders the same day as the Nexus. But with smartphones getting increasingly larger, is there room for the Nexus 9 in a slowing tablet market? More importantly, can the Nexus 9 save slumping sales?
Google is focusing its Nexus 9 bragging rights on the tablet's 2048x1536 display with 4:3 aspect ratio, and the 64-bit processor, which is the first of its kind for a Nexus product. The Nexus has already received positive reviews for its front-loaded BoomSound speakers that promise to deliver more quality sound than we're used to in tablets.
A magnetically attachable folding keyboard is another key selling point as Google hopes to broaden its competition to the Microsoft Surface or even the traditional laptop. Considering the souped-up lithium ion battery claims a nine-hour lifespan while browsing over wi-fi, we can see how Apple might be a bit concerned over Google's improvements.
As for price, the 16GB wi-fi model is available for $399 and $479 for the 32GB model. The cellular LTE model will be available with the 32GB version at a later date for $599, but so far only T-Mobile has stepped forward with a delivery date of November 12, according to a recent tweet.
Colors are currently limited to Lunar White and Indigo Black, but you'll need to wait a bit longer for the "sand color" options.
When the tablet hits retail stores, it will also be available at Gamestop, Office Depot, Office Max, QVC/HSN, Radio Shack, Staples, and Walmart. It will be sold in over 29 countries in the coming weeks.
Best Buy is offering a T-Mobile version of the 32GB LTE edition for $599. Interestingly enough, it lists a ship date of November 16, 2014, despite T-Mobile's confirmation of the 12th.
Be sure to check out Google's updated product page for the Nexus 9 for more information on the device.