The Nexus 9 is due to arrive to users next week as the first device sporting Android 5.0 Lollipop. While it has one first to its name, it’s the second tablet to come at us with the powerful NVIDIA K1 processor. This of course leads us to wonder how these two tablets compare to one another.
Normally when we do spec shootouts there is a fairly clear winner when you look at the two of them side-by-side. However, this time, it is a constant back and forth between the two. One gives you expandable storage, but the other gives you a much larger battery. One has a better rear camera, but the other has a higher quality front camera.
And if you’re thinking, “but the Nexus 9 has Lollipop,” NVIDIA promised it would be coming to the Shield once it was released.
There is no clear winner between these two, that’s for sure. Take a look and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
NVIDIA Shield Tablet
|HTC - Nexus 9||NVIDIA - SHIELD Tablet|
|Display Size||8.9-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (288 ppi)||8-inch, 1200 x 1920 pixel display (283 ppi)|
|Display Type||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Operating System||Android 5.0 (at launch)||Android 4.4.2 (at launch)|
|Processor||2.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1||2.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra K1|
|Main Camera (Back)||8MP||5MP|
|Secondary Camera (Front)||1.6MP||5MP|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Height||8.9 inches (22.61 cm)||8.8 inches (22.35 cm)|
|Width||6.05 inches (15.37 cm)||5 inches (12.70 cm)|
|Depth||0.31 inches (7.9 mm)||0.36 inches (9.1 mm)|
|Weight||425 g (14.99 oz)||13.7 oz (388 g)|
|Colors||Black, Gold, White||Black|
|Supported Audio Formats||MPEG-4 AAC (AAC LC), MPEG-4 HE AAC (AAC+), MPEG-4 HE AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC), AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI Types 0 and 1, Vorbis, PCM/WAV, Opus||MP3|
|Supported Video Formats||H.263, H.264 AVC, H.265 HEVC, MPEG-4, VP8, VP9||MPEG4, H.263, H.264|
|In The Box||N/A||N/A|