Google today officially announced the Nexus 9 tablet, and along with it the return of manufacturer HTC to the Nexus fold. This is the Taiwanese manufacturer's first Nexus device since the Nexus One started things in January 2010, and it's HTC's first tablet since the failed 7-inch Flyer in early 2011, and the even more failed Jet after that.
Along with the new Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 will be among the first devices to run production builds of Android 5.0 Lollipop, which has been in developer preview status since this summer. (And it'll have the double-tap-to-wake feature, which is interesting.)
More: See our full Nexus 9 specs!
As was widely expected, and teased in a bit of a leak recently, we're looking at a larger, more square design this time around. Same Nexus logo on the back, and with the camera and flash tucked up in the top-left corner. The front-facing camera is centered on the front of the display. There's a microUSB port on the bottom for charging.
Also of note is that the Nexus 9 marks a return to the NVIDIA Tegra chipset, with a the powerful K1 on the inside. It's got either 16 or 32GB of on-board storage for the Wifi-only model and the LTE model comes with 32GB standard.
The Nexus 9 starts at $399 and will be available for perorder Oct. 17, and in stores Nov. 3.
We've got lots more on the Nexus 9 on the way. Stay tuned.