Just yesterday we were telling you that the upcoming Nexus 6 has made a cameo appearance during a prematurely released Android ad. We also seem to know pretty much all there is to know about its specs and features, if a recent report is anything to go by. The smartphone is said to feature a big 5.92-inch Screen, Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera.
Now, a fresh report coming from Forbes suggests that the Nexus 9 (codenamed as HTC Volantis), will launch tomorrow and it will be the first device to run Android L, according to a source close to Google. The Nexus 6 will also get released in the same time and will be made by Motorola. However, it seems that there won’t be an official event as Google will opt for a silent launch. Here’s why:
The source explained to me that Google had planned to hold an official event for the new tablet, but because it was still fine tweaking Android L, it decided against a ‘big reveal’. Instead the new tablet, and a new smartphone made by Motorola, will be launched via a blog post tomorrow.
HTC-made Nexus 9 will be available for pre-order on the 17th October and will be put on sale on the 3rd November. So, this means that it will compete directly with the new iPads that will be announced tomorrow. The 16GB version is said to cost $399 and the 32GB LTE version will retail for $499 and will have expandable memory. Here are some other features:
- 8.9-inch 2048×1440 display
- 480 grams
- 64-bit dual-core processor
- Nvidia Kepler GPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 8MP rear-facing camera and 3MP front-facing camera
- “Brushed aluminum” frame
- HTC BoomSound, dual front facing speakers
There will also be an additional “origami” magnetic stand-case that will be available tomorrow, folding in all directions to support the tablet up. As for Android L release, it seems that Google is still busy fine-tuning it, and will probably hold a separate event for that sometime in the future.