Google’s Nexus 9 tablet, manufactured by HTC, is all set to hit the Indian shores, as early as November 12th, according to a report on India Today. The tablet was announced globally on October 16th for $399 and set to go on sale from November 3rd. In India, it has been priced at Rs.28,900 (~$473) for the 16GB WiFi only version.
Google has already listed the Nexus 9 on Indian Play Store with an invitation to pre-order the tablet now, but the link to pre-order is not yet live. Along with the 16GB WiFi model, Google will also be launching the 32GB WiFi+LTE version in India which is priced at Rs.44,900 (~$736).
The Nexus 9 sports a premium metal build and an 8.9-inch 2048×1536 pixel IPS display. HTC brings the BoomSound speaker technology to the tablet, which should make it suitable for multimedia purposes. On the inside, there’s Nvidia’s 64-bit Tegra K1 chipset processor, along with 2GB of RAM. The tablet’s 6700 mAh battery is said to provide around 9 hours of life.
There’s a 8MP rear camera and a 1.6MP front facing one. It also features a magnetically attached, fully-responsive keyboard which allows to type at different angles. The screen is reinforced by Gorilla Glass 3 and it comes with the ‘double tap to wake’ feature.
As you can see, this is very unlike Nexus 7, which was a mid-range affordably priced tablet. Nexus 9 carries top-end specs and has been priced similarly. It takes on Apple’s iPad Air 2 which starts at $499 (and yet to launch in India).