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Nexus 9 Photo Leaks—Is This Google’s Rumored Tablet?

by Jacob Kleinman | October 6, 2014October 6, 2014 10:00 am PDT

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We’ve already heard a ton of rumors about Google’s upcoming HTC-designed Nexus 9. We’ve even see a few photos of a keyboard case developed for the new tablet, but until today the device itself had managed to stay out of the spotlight. Now it looks like we’re finally getting a first look at the Nexus 9, courtesy of Twitter-based tipster @upleaks.

As you can see, the device clearly displays Google’s Nexus logo along its spine, while a smaller HTC logo sits near the bottom. It also packs a micro-USB port at the base, a camera with what looks like LED flash in the top-left corner, and a headphone jack up top.

Meanwhile the design looks pretty plain. It’s basically just a big flat slate with curved corners, and the back panel looks more like a plastic shell than the metal we were hoping for. Of course, it’s too soon to make that call for sure. It’s possible the Nexus 9 image we’re looking at here is just a render or an early mockup meant for building new accessories and cases.

Based on recent reports the Nexus 9 could be a real beast when it comes to hardware, though there’s nothing here to support or refute those claims. We’re expecting the new tablet to pack an 8.9-inch display, an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage and an 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. We’ve also heard rumors that the device will feature an aluminum “zero-gap” design with tapered edges.

Google is expected to unveil the Nexus 9 later this month alongside a Nexus 6 smartphone designed by Motorola and a final build for its new Android L operating system. Rumor has it the company could have an event planned for mid-October, but with time running out it looks like the search giant could opt for a simple press release instead. Either way we can’t wait to see what Google has planned and get our hands on the next generation of Nexus devices.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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