Google's incredible new 9-inch Nexus-branded tablet finally has an Australian price, and it's a little heftier on the dollars than we thought it would be.
The new Nexus 9 is a 9-inch tablet made by HTC, sporting front-facing speakers, a 2048 x 1440 281 PPI LCD screen and a 6700mAh battery. For it’s brain, it doesn’t just have your garden variety Tegra K1 found in tablets like Nvidia’s shield tab; this is the beefed-up version that pairs two 64-bit Project Denver CPUs with a full on GPU based on Nvidia’s desktop, Kepler architecture.
It’s got a nice aluminium trim, and on the back it has that familiar soft-touch carbonate back and “Nexus” branding, like an upscaled Nexus 5. And it’s available in white and black and tan. Sadly, Australia only gets the white and black colour options.
Here's what you'll pay.
There are a few variants of the Nexus 9 available: Wi-Fi only and LTE-enabled with either 16GB and 32GB of storage available.
The 16GB Wi-Fi only Nexus 9 will cost $479, and it's the cheapest version of the tablet money can buy. After that, the Wi-Fi only model proceeds up to the 32GB model for $589. Both are available for pre-order right now and ship in two to three weeks from the Play Store. No word yet on retail availability.
If you want Google's LTE-enabled in your life, you only have the 32GB model to choose from. That model will run you a slightly eye-watering $719. The sticker price might look hefty, but considering it's faster than a 2012 Mac Pro it's pretty decent value for money. The LTE-enabled model is still listed as "coming soon", so keep an eye out for it on the store.
Eric Limer also contributed to this article.