Google has just taken the wraps off the Nexus 9, and it’s a 8.9-inch slate, manufactured by HTC — a  that is an unusual choice, given the ample field of  OEMs(Original equipment manufacturer) available. The Taiwanese gadget-giant is back with a 8.9-inch Nexus special that looks kind of like an extra-larged Nexus 5, though with an brushed-metal aluminum rim compared to the Nexus 5’s entirely soft-touch externals.

The Nexus 9 features an 8.9-inch display, with 2048 x 1440 resolution (not relatively upto the iPad mini in terms of pixel density), 4:3 aspect ratio . It is only 0.31-inches thick, which is just a hair thicker than the iPad mini. There’s an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 1.6 megapixel shooter on the front.

Google’s Nexus 9 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset and it has 2GB of RAM, having both 16 GB and 32GB storage options. It also features the Kepler GPU with 192 shader cores that has shown it performs at the top of the charts, making the device a delight for gamers. It’s in fact the first tablet to ship with Nvidia’s new, dual-core 64-bit Denver CPU core architecture.

The Nexus 9 is the first tablet to run on Google’s new platform ANDROID 5.0 LOLLIPOP , showing what the tablet superior experience looks like. The tablet also comes with a large, 6700mAh battery that will last around 9 hours, according to the official specifications.

Google’s Nexus 9 pre-orders will start from October 17th, and should hit the shelves on November 3rd. The 16GB model will go for $399, the 32GB model for $479, and a 32GB model with LTE built in will set you back $599.

In the United States, users will be able to buy the Nexus 9 on the Google Play Store, Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, and others. T-Mobile will be selling the cellular version, with availability starting on November 12th.

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