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NVIDIA reveals Nexus 9 tablet launch timing in lawsuit

As part of its lawsuit filed against Samsung and Qualcomm, NVIDIA was forced to reveal that the oft-rumored HTC's Nexus 9, which relies on the company's Tegra K1 processor, may be launched soon in the third quarter of the year.

"The HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1," NVIDIA revealed in its filing.

Neither NVIDIA nor HTC had revealed specifics surrounding the launch date for the much anticipated tablet in Google's lineup. The slate, which was seen leaked a number of times recently, is believed to be launching out of the box with Android L, so the launch timing may be dependent upon Google.

This would fall in line with what we've been hearing, mainly that the Nexus 9 is expected to debut sometime in October.

Curiously, HTC has scheduled a Double Exposure event in October, though it's unclear if that will be the venue for unveiling the Nexus 9 as typically Google takes lead on product announcements in the Nexus family.

Source: Bright Side of News via Engadget

61 Comments
  • This probably also confirms the Nexus phone won't have an Nvidia chip in it. I knew it wasn't probable but I was hoping.
  • NVIDIA is out of the mobile SoC game for now. They're still doing tablets, but they've given up on phones. Qualcomm and MediaTek are very dominant. I sincerely hope that NVIDIA isn't pushed out of the tablet market too.
  • Damn son, tbh NVIDIA does great on the tablet side of things and i would be in disbelief if they were pushed out of the tablet market :(.
  • Yes, I think Nvidia has given up on the mobile phone market. They've shifted their focus on selling their Tegra mobile SoC to automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Tesla, Audi...to be used in instrument displays on the dash board. I've heard rumors that Nvidia will have their Tegra K1 64-bit processors (Denver) to be inside Google Nexus 9 which will be on sale some times in November. It'll be the first Android tablet with a 64-bit processor. From what I've read so far, the Tegra K1 (32-bit/64-bit) processors have beaten Qualcomm & Apple mobile processors on most benchmarks. Nvidia just released the wi-fi 8" Shield tablet with Tegra K1 for $299. By year end, it'll release the 4G version of the 8" Shield tablet. Also, it's expected that Microsoft will use the Tegra K1 64-bit, dual-core processor in their upcoming Surface 3 tablets to be released at the end of this year. So I think Nvidia is not exiting the tablet market.
  • I don't want an Nvidia chip anywhere near my Nexus phones.
  • It won't be on the phones. Only the tablet
  • Why?
  • nVidia can't seem to get a properly working Tegra SoC (cellular radios included)
  • How come? did they even have a smartphone before?
  • The Tegra K1 will melt your phone :p
  • Why? Did you notice devices that have Nvidia chips to get too hot when being used?
  • I think nexus 9 is going to be beautiful... I have faith in HTC, 100 times better than any nexus device
  • Agreed Posted via Android Central App
  • You do realize that you praised a Nexus device then universally smeared Nexus devices, right? Posted via sheer force of will from my OnePlus One!
  • Please no Tegra on any Google/Nexus device! Qualcomm FTW!
  • Why? The K1 stomps on anything by Qualcomm
  • Proof? Sorry, haha, somebody had to ask, lol.
  • http://bgr.com/2014/01/13/tegra-k1-benchmark-results/
  • Tegra K1 vs Snapdragon 800.. Of course the K1 is going to win.. I would like to see a more even match like, 805 vs K1..
  • Geekbench has the K1 between 3000 and 4000 which beats the 805.
  • Plenty of sites have benchmarked the 805 & K1, the K1 blows away the 805, particularly in the graphics department, from the speced released the K1 is also go to beat the 810 by a fair margin in graphic performance. The K1 is an amazing chip, as was the Tegra 4 to be honestly, I owned a tegra note and now own the Shield tablet, I've yet to see an android tablet or phone that ran as smoothly as the Shield tablet with the K1.
  • Does Shield tablet have a good touch response?
  • Not to mention there's more to speed here when it comes to gaming and such. We're talking Open GL capabilities that aren't matched by anyone, DirectX capabilities that are matched by no one. These are things that the speed of a chip has nothing to do with. Things will just look better.
  • I totally agree no Nvidia processors in Nexus please.. Posted via Android Central App
  • technically speaking (and thats really all that matters when it comes to CPUs), the K1 Denver is the most advanced and efficient ARM CPU in its class. you will not be disappointed.
  • The original Nexus 7 had a Tegra chip, so I guess you're too late.
  • What's wrong with an Nvidia chip? Posted via Android Central App
  • It's with updates really I guess Posted via Nexus 7 2013 or Galaxy S5
  • I'm guessing it has something to do with NVIDIA's poor developer support. On the GPU side of things, they've been highly criticized for not releasing the info needed to make Linux drivers.
  • That's my question.
  • Nvidia makes crap chips. Their track record speaks for itself. Why do you think Qualcomm is the industry standard? The original Nexus 7 had Tegra and it performed horribly with terrible lag.
  • Oh bullshit. I still use my 2012 N7 and it performs well and has no lag. Stop drinking the haterade.
  • Amen >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • Did you own an OG N7, or are you repeating something you swore you heard someone say? I own 3 tablets with Tegra processors. (OG Xoom, OG N7, and now the Shield Tablet). I have never had lag issues with any of them. My N10 has lagged more then those other 3.
  • I have to disagree here too. I still rock my Nexus 7 (2012) daily.  I've had it rooted, running ROMs and all but recently went back to full bone stock.  It performs very well considering the age of the hardware.  Lets remember were also talking about the Tegra 3 chipset in the N7,  which was outdone but the Tegra 4 found in the Tegra Note and NVIDIA Shield Portable gaming system.  Now you have the Shield Tablet running the Tegra K1 chip and its starting to show how NVIDIA is quickly getting their game together.  I wouldn't rule out a smartphone w/ Tegra inside somewhere down the road but for now they are content with tablets and Chromebook's. Someone mentioned if Tegra has ever been in a phone,  HTC One X had the Tegra 3 inside ;)  
  • What? The Tegra K1 is the most powerful SoC on the market. By a long shot...
  • Spot the rabid ATI/AMD fanboy in this picture. How's that Mantle working out for you? *snicker* Posted via sheer force of will from my OnePlus One!
  • Good, my ancient HP touchpad is on its last leg. Posted via Android Central App
  • My next tablet!. My Xoom is so slow and ugly looking now ;-(. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I debating between the N9 & Shield Tablet. My Xoom is also showing it's age.
  • I also have a Xoom, have you tried a custom ROM? >I'm the kind of guy who stops a microwave at one second to feel like a bomb defuser.
  • I need to unlock the bootloader. I have used ROM's on several of my smartphones. I have never been able to on the Xoom.
  • I just made a phone call from hangouts to a land-line from my Nexus 7 and it worked wonderfully. Can't wait for this htc super boom sound nexus on L steroids. Hangouts apk is now called "Android talk" #gettingexcited Next-us
  • Expected third quarter huh? That's coming to a close very soon. Wonder if that's accurate or just a tentative date for the document. Been waiting for this device.
  • It's their Financial 3rd Quarter, which for them ends October 27.
  • I know there was a lot of hype on the tegra 4 which was horrible.
    Couldn't play gabes on the Asus transformer with it.
    I'll have to wait to see how the k1 performs in reviews and comparisons of the real world kind. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What was so horrible about the Tega 4?  It introduced a bunch of new lighting, shading and other effects to games.  When I compare games played on my N7 (Tegra 3) to the Shield Portable (Tegra 4) you can see a noticeable different in quality.  I think here it was more the Asus Transformer itself causing more of the headaches than the Tegra 4 chip.    
  • Is October not Q4? Unless they have a non-standard fiscal year and are referring to that, it would need to be released in September to be a Q3 release. Posted via Android Central App
  • I have been very disappointed with the sub par performance of the Tegra in my old Nexus 7, so honestly I shy away from anything else that I see Nvidia inside of. Posted via Android Central App with my white Nexus 4 on Cricket
  • I don't even care about a tablet anymore, I was Interested In a new nexus but my 7 will do for another year. Imo I don't see the point in updating a tablet yearly. As for Android L can't wait, it's the only reason I want the next nexus to be released asap just so Android L is released too. Haven't been looking forward to a android update since ics really. Jb and kk were good updates but didn't bring anything new ui I wise, this changes the ui a lot. Posted via Android Central App on nexus 7 (2nd gen)
  • Perhaps they'll announce a Sense Edition of the Nexus 9 (assuming that's it's name).
  • I don't care what chip the tablet has it will be in my filthy mits Posted via Android Central App
  • Kit Kat is on 25% of all devices, I've been having lots of trouble with it, my sister won't part with her Nexus 7 original, with 4.2.2, with Google play services, Tegra 3, much more reliable than my exynos Nexus 10 and my 32 GB Nexus 5, with Snapdragon 800. I may get a second hand iPad mini resolution, sure I am tempted by Android L 64 bit, 192 GPUs, but the apple stuff is already 64 bit, going to miss high RAM, flash that's cheap though.
  • 64-bit isn't nearly as huge a deal as it's made out to be.  For instance, most people have no clue whether or not their computer is 64 bit or not. 192 gpu's is potentially a different story.
  • Well it's just that reliability, has crashed of late, going to 64 bit for reliability is a long shot, after all, when the desktop went 64 bit was when it's reliability, took a fall off a cliff, love the idea of 192 GPUs, but I need the video and Bluetooth headset to actually work. Apples locked down nature may be better than Nexus's hardware standard, no skin lock down and I'm still getting heaps of unreliability, hated virtually abandoning the desktop computer, going to hate leaving android just as much, but as we move to more pixels, memory and GPUs, I don't want to be reminded of the horrors of Win 8. Which was better before it was released, than after, anyway, must reboot again, try some extensive cleaning, I only did a factory reset, 2 weeks ago, still unreliable, disappointing googameistro, project butter/Jelly Bean, was so good.
  • Can't wait for this tablet, deffo getting it on release Posted from my 2013 nexus 7, yeah baby!
  • I'm in!!! Ever since I got my Nexus 5 last year it's made me hate my brutally slow Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Long live PURE Android.
  • Bring it on!  Seems like a bunch of haters in here when it comes to NVIDIA and the Tegra chip but were going to see something new and better with the Tegra K1 (Denver) 64-Bit chip running Android L.  Not to mention this could be a huge help to getting HTC solidly back into the ball game.    
  • The "regular" K1 already stomps everything available from Qualcomm, Samsung and Apple :D
  • Well, I mean, most Android fan sites "expect" a new Nexus this fall even before this... Plans could easily change. Anyway, after going through about 5 tablets, nVidia Shield tablet included, I have decided tablets just aren't useful to me. I use my phone for the same exact content. I decided to get a Surface Pro 3 and let me tell you... A tablet with full windows that can be a laptop if you want is awesome. A PC is infinitely more useful than a tablet at pretty much any task and with how thin and light they are you aren't even really giving up anything. Battery life on the newest intel chips is great too.
  • you know i have been very happy with tab s 8.4 but i miss stock android really just the smoothness of stock hope this will have a nice screen. either way im going to buy it. hope htc does something nice with it