In Short

Google and HTC on October 15, 2014, announced the Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio tablet that launched alongside the Nexus 6 phone as reference devices for the new version of Android, 5.0 Lollipop.

It's a large tablet, to be sure, and it marks the return of HTC to both the tablet game — it's been gone since the failed Flyer tablet — as well as the return to the Nexus line, which HTC started with the Nexus One in 2010. But even though HTC's name is on the back, this is clearly a tablet designed in tight partnership with Google to fit in with the rest of the Nexus line of devices. Trademark HTC features like front-facing speakers and a metal build are here, but the Nexus 9 looks and feels much like the Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 before it.

The Nexus 9 tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM, and the aforementioned 8.9-inch display has a 2048x1536 resolution. You'll be able to get it in either 16- or 32-gigabyte versions, if you want Wifi only. The LTE model will is available in only 32-gigabytes. In terms of colors, there's the choice of black, white and sand.

The Nexus 9 starts at $399 for the 16GB Wifi-only model. The 32GB Wifi model runs $479, and the 32GB LTE model is $599. It's available from a variety of online and in-store retailers, of course including the Google Play Store.