Nexus 9 on the Horizon

What can we expect from the Google Nexus 9?

Talk of another Nexus tablet making its way onto the market this year has been rife; with Google still looking to tackle Apple’s dominance of the market since the iPad originally broke onto the scene.

It looks as though all that talk might have been on the mark as well, with the rumoured tablet leaked online, sporting a host of specs to go alongside it as well.

Packing an 8.9” touchscreen, the Nexus 9 offers a very iPad Mini-esque look about it, which certainly won’t bring in any complaints considering how successful the Mini has been since its release.

One strange part of the display worth noting is the 2048x1440 resolution, which doesn’t add up to the 4:3 screen ratio listed besides it, but again this ratio does draw similarities to the iPad Mini.

Internally we can expect a 64-bit Nvidia chipset, with 2GB RAM and either 16 or 32GB storage options, with no word on the possibility of a memory card slot.

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An 8 megapixel lens adorns the back side of the tablet, with a 3 megapixel snapper making the cut on the front side, meaning selfies and video calls should be handled with ease.

Also, front facing stereo speakers are also expected to make a place on the Google slate, but they aren’t shown on the leaked picture, again drawing in questions.

Another big questions mark is placed firmly on the software that could be making an appearance on the Nexus 9; with its release slated for Q4 this year.

Android Lollipop is the fan-favourite for sure, with it either being listed as version 4.5 or 5.0, whilst the conservative guess would be Android 4.4; for now though, the jury is still out.

Strangely we’ve almost been guaranteed a price tag, despite the far off release, with a 16GB WiFi version of the tablet setting you back approximately £240, whilst the 32GB version will add around £60 to that total.

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However, LTE versions of the slate which support mobile data are expected to register above £350, pricing it similarly to our good friend, the iPad Mini.

If you hadn’t guessed already, it looks as though the Nexus 9 could well be going directly up against the smaller iPad on the market, making for a very interesting battle.

Reports of Apple releasing another iPad Mini later on this year could throw a spanner in the works for Google, with specs yet to be announced.

Apple’s price tag is sure to be high though, and the Nexus may be able to undercut its competitor here, possibly bringing in some extra sales.

But until Apple reveals the specs along with the tablet itself, it’s unlikely consumers will make a decision, obviously leaving the Nexus 9 waiting until they can make an informed decision.

So, what are your thoughts on the possibility of the Nexus 9 tablet? Do you think Android Lollipop could feature? Why not give us your thoughts via Facebook, Twitter or Google+?

Written by Luke Hatfield

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