Alongside the Nexus 6, Google also launched the HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet. Moving away from the 16:9 ratio on the Nexus 7, the new tablet with its 4:3 ratio is entering the iPad territory. While it is too early to say if Google s new tablet will put a dent on iPad s sales, the first hands-on posts for the Nexus 9 are out and initial impressions are quite positive. Also Read - Samsung and LG confirm presence at in-person CES 2022Also Read - Honor phones to come with Google Mobile Services: Report
The Nexus 9 looks gorgeous in the press renders and it is no different in the real world either. TechCrunch sums it up quite well saying, Like the jump from Nexus 5 to Nexus 6, there s a pretty huge spike in quality and build feel from the Nexus 7 to the Nexus 9. The predecessor never felt cheap, mind you but the new guy just feels great. Also Read - Google announces six new Android features, which will roll out this year
As for the size and build quality, the guys at The Verge are clearly impressed. They say, The 8.9-inch screen is a bit of an odd size, but it works. It feels much more portable than you’d expect, while still feeling big enough to be more expansive and less cramped than the Nexus 7. It’s a weird in-betweener kind of tablet, but even after just a few minutes of use it makes smaller tablets feel too small and bigger tablets feel too big. On a first impression, at least, it’s pretty much Goldilocks.
Just like on the Nexus 6 smartphone, both the publication say that Lollipop looks and performs really well on the Nexus 9. They talk about features like logging in via a guest account, double-tapping the screen to wake up the tablet, multitasking and the ability to pin apps so they cannot be exited without the proper password.
To recap on the Nexus 9 s specifications, the tablet flaunts an 8.9-inch 2048 1536 pixels display, and is powered by 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 dual-core processor paired with Kepler DX11 GPU. The tablet also features an 8-megapixel protruding rear camera, and a 1.6-megapixel selfie camera at the front. On the software front, the tablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. The tablet will soon launch in India with prices starting from Rs 28,900.
The Verge s Nexus 9 hands-on video follows.