Much as the console wars between PS3 and Xbox fought within the gaming market, it seems that Google and Apple have entered into a similar competition, with each offering a product that generally performs the same functions: the iPad and the Nexus 7 and 9. This competition has recently been bolstered by the announcement from Google that the Nexus would be available for pre-order on Oct. 17.
Perhaps as an early indicator of the future success of the Nexus 9, Amazon has apparently already sold out of its black 32G Nexus 9, with shipping dates delayed over a month from the anticipated delivery time of Nov. 3 to Dec. 15. Despite this, you can still pre-order the Nexus 9 at the GooglePlay store in white only, as well as the Nexus 9 16G in both white and black.
As buzz surrounding the Nexus 9 continues to grow, listed below is some general information on the Nexus 9 to help you perhaps reconsider that over-priced Apple product you have been coveting.
New features of the Nexus 9
The Nexus 9 will be the first tablet to run Google’s new OS, the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. What makes this system so unique is that it is the first OS to come with an encryption switch by default, a program that helps secure data, as well as the new Samsung Knox software that comes with a built in “kill switch” application that can render a stolen phone useless. Additionally, the Nexus has also greatly improved its multitasking functionality, its battery system to increase battery life and has re-vamped its notification system offering a more user-friendly experience.
In terms of processing, the Nexus 9 new Android 5.0’s 64-bit support with a 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 chip has greatly improved performance in comparison to the Nexus 7. This comes with 2GB RAM and as previously mentioned either the 16GB or the 32GB of built-in storage capacity.
Sold as an ideal phone for viewing media, the Nexus 9 also has an IPS LCD screen with 2048×1536 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio coupled with a dual HTC BoomSound speaker powered by Nexus’s partner, HTC.
Another key feature of the Nexus 9 is its truly state of the art built-in 8MP camera with f/2.4 lens that comes with an autofocus and LED flash, a 1.6MP front-facing camera, optional 4G LTE support and a 6,700mAh battery.
What will this cost?
In US retail, the Nexus 9 will cost $399, $479 and $599, respectively for the16GB, 32GB and 32GB + LTE models making it realistically the most expensive product ever sold by Nexus.
With the release of the Nexus 9 and 6 both around the corner, only time will tell if Nexus can beat Apple at its own game.