The LTE (32GB) variant of Google Nexus 9 tablet, which was first unveiled in October last year, has finally hit Indian shores. It sports an 8.9 inch display and runs on the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system (OS) out of the box. The device is available for purchase on Amazon.in, and has been priced at Rs 43,073 in the country. Interestingly, the LTE version of the tablet still has a 'coming soon' tag on Google Play Store.
In comparison, the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of Google's next generation Nexus tablet is available for purchase for Rs 28,699 in India. There is still no word on an India launch date or pricing of the 32GB Wi-Fi only version of the tablet. In the US, the tablet is available for $399 (Rs 24,794), $489 (Rs 30,387) and $569 (Rs 35,358) for the 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi and 32GB LTE models respectively.
Here is a look at the specifications of the device.
Built in partnership with HTC, Nexus 9 has an 8.9 inch QXGA IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display (2048Ã—1536 pixel resolution) with 281 ppi pixel density and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and Kepler DX1 GPU. It comes with 2GB of RAM and the internal memory of the tablet is 32GB, but further memory expansion is not available.
The tablet has an 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED flash that can record full HD videos (1080p) at 30 fps, and a 1.6MP front-facing camera for video calling. On the connectivity front, it has Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and comes with a microUSB port. It has GPS (with A-GPS support), Near Field Communication (NFC), and dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound.
The dimensions of the device are 153.68mm x 228.25mm x 7.95mm and its weight is 425gm (436g for the LTE version). HTC has provided a 6,700 mAh battery in the device, which it claims will provide 9.5 hours of internet browsing on Wi-Fi, up to 9.5 hours of video play back and 720 hours of standby time. The tablet is available only in indigo black colour as of now.
Additionally, being a Nexus tablet, it will always be one of the first devices to get Android software updates in the future. HTC had earlier worked with Google back in 2010 for the original Nexus One smartphone.