After yesterday’s unbelievably long Google I/O opening keynote, Google published a lot of supporting documents. Some of those documents include the Android L Release’s own Material design and the supporting documentation. If you go through that documentation, you will notice that they have renders of familiar Google hardware. That includes the Google Chromebook Pixel and the Google Nexus 5. However, there is also an interesting device that appears to be an Android tablet sitting between them. That device actually fairly accurately represents the description given by rumors of the potential Nexus 9 tablet that is built by HTC and powered by Tegra K1.
The above render looks nothing like a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. And it looks like it is clearly quite a bit larger than the Nexus 5, unlike the Nexus 7. There are quite a few rumored renders around the internet including the one that we shared a few days ago, but those don’t look that much different from what Google posted as they are all rumored to be a premium device made from an aluminum body. But the tablet that we was supposedly leaked a few days ago didn’t have front-facing speakers, but the Google leak clearly does. Obviously we can’t confirm much else other than how it looks but this is very promising.
I suspect that Google will launch this tablet somewhere between now and October, much like they did with the Nexus 5. They will very likely launch the Nexus 9 in a very quiet manner and will probably do it in conjunction with the Android L Release gold release to the public. The Nexus 9 will take a lot of flak for what the rumored price will be, which is $399 and likely will replace the Nexus 10. Considering the price on the Nexus 9 and Nexus 10 is virtually identical, we will probably see the Nexus 10 finally die its much needed death. The Nexus 10 is quite a dated tablet with very dated hardware and many people suspected that it would be upgraded with new hardware, but instead it looks like Google will be replacing it with the Nexus 9.