Google’s Nexus 9 tablet has been approved by the FCC ahead of its official unveiling later this month. The illustration used in its documentation suggests that the device will have a new aspect ratio unlike that used by the Nexus 7 and other Android-powered slates.
The Nexus 7 had a widescreen, 16:9 aspect ratio — like most other tablets — but the image used in the FCC documentation suggests the new Nexus 9, which is being made by HTC, will be much squarer. It almost looks like a giant BlackBerry Passport, though it is slightly taller than it is wide.
The exact aspect ratio isn’t confirmed in the FCC filing — and neither are any of the Nexus 9’s other specifications. But this certainly indicates that the device is close. Recent rumors from numerous sources have claimed that the slate will get its official unveiling on Thursday, October 16.
Those rumors have also claimed that the Nexus 9 will have a Quad HD display measuring 8.9 inches diagonally, NVIDIA’s latest Tegra K1 processor, up to 4GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. We have already caught a glimpse at its official keyboard case, which is like the iPad’s Smart Cover combined with a Microsoft Surface Type Cover.
It’s thought the Nexus 9 won’t be the only hardware release from Google this fall, either. We are also expecting a Motorola-made Nexus 6 smartphone, which will reportedly deliver a massive 5.7-inch Quad HD display, a speedy Snapdragon 805 processor, and front-facing stereo speakers.
If you’re a Nexus fan, then, October could prove to be a pretty expensive month.