There has been plenty of evidence revealed in the past two weeks, regarding the Nexus X and Nexus 9. Google looks to be continuing the Nexus program in 2014, adding a new smartphone and tablet from Motorola and HTC.
HTC will be head of the Nexus 9 design and manufacturing. This is the first tablet the Taiwanese manufacturer has made since 2011, when the HTC Flyer was announced and subsequently dropped, after incredibly poor sales.
Most of the leaks point to a high-end tablet, mixing the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 together. This means Google will not have two tablet manufacturers this year, instead solely relying on HTC to build the one perfect tablet.
Inside the Nexus 9 will be a Tegra K1 processor – this is one of the first times we see Nvidia’s CPU on a Western tablet. The processor has been noted as being much more powerful than the Snapdragon 805 from Qualcomm, especially in graphical performance.
We should see a 2K display on the Nexus 9 and a rather large battery, potentially hitting 8,000mAh size, although this comes from a non-verified source. The Nexus 9 will come with WiFi or 4G versions and we have heard Google is working hard to get the lowest price possible.
In 2014, Android tablets are still struggling against the iPad, but not as much as back in 2011, when Steve Jobs first revealed the iPad. Back in 2011, around 90 percent of the market was Apples, now that is down to around 60 percent.
Google has been a big pusher in the tablet market, alongside their rival Amazon, who runs Fire OS, a custom build of Android. The Kindle Fire and Nexus tablets account for around 30 percent of Android tablets on the market today. We see the Nexus 9 as being a big push by Google, to hurt both Apple and Amazon.
We should expect the Nexus 9 to come when Android L is officially released, hopefully within the next month.