Google Nexus 9

Released November, 2014
  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 7.1
Glare is abundant as well on this Gorilla Glass 3 clad display, though ample brightness helps combat it.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)

Features Key features of the Google Nexus 9

screen resolution

Nexus 9
2048 x 1536
Tegra Note
1280 x 800
Pixel C
2560 x 1800


Nexus 9
2 GB

camera resolution

Nexus 9
8 MP
Tegra Note
0.3 MP

CPU Cores

Nexus 9
Dual core

CPU Frequency

Nexus 9
2.3 GHz
Surface Pro 3
1.7 GHz

Reviews Word on the street for the Google Nexus 9

In terms of synthetic benchmarks, the quad core often comes out ahead, simply because it has more cores.

In fact, the foundation is based on a dual-core 64-bit Denver CPU core architecture, which is an impressively large core with a desktop-class, wide, 7-issue superscalar design, with clock speeds of up to 2.3GHz.


8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Benchmarks aside, the screen looks good!
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
It's great for reading books and web pages, but you'll get the infamous black bars when watching wide screen video content.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
At the same time, it’s still easy to view outdoors with the sun out.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)

Operating System

Standard suite of Google Android applications including Chrome web browser, email, YouTube, Maps, Hangouts, Google Now and the Google Play Stores.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
Everything about the Android experience has been refined and enhanced with not only some features that are “in-your-face,” but they’ve meticulously ensured to us that it has far more depth than its rivals.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
Functionally, it’s a leap ahead of iOS, and in some instances, better than how Microsoft attacks things with Windows 8.1.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)

Operating system

The OS will come to other phones and tablets, but it may take some time to reach non-Nexus tablets, particularly Samsung who's notoriously slow at putting out OS updates.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
A new Nexus usually heralds a new major OS version, and the Nexus 9's most interesting feature may well be Android 5.0 Lollipop, a major revision that includes a fresh UI that uses what Google calls "Material Design.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
The Nexus 9 is made by HTC, whose strong point is higher end products, though there's none of their chic styling or liberal use of metal here, despite the relatively high $399 to $599 price tag.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)


Looking at it for the first time, it’s really tough to distinguish that it’s an HTC design – mainly because its design language treads on a different path from what we see from its smartphones.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
Lollipop is lovely, with a more friendly and warm design that makes greater use of geometrics and colors and white backgrounds.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
The specs and design aren’t insanely out there, to drastically separate it from the existing crop of competition, but rather, it’s what it delivers with its overall package that gives it such an inviting presence – one that undoubtedly embodies all the qualities we want in that near-perfect tablet.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)


If you're into demanding games, the Nexus 9 is well equipped to handle the most challenging games on the market, though we'd give the nod to the NVIDIA Shield Tablet for hardcore gamers thanks to its excellent optional game controller, exclusive titles and streaming gaming services (you can stream games from your desktop PC or from the NVIDIA Grid of gaming servers).
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2014)
Yes, there’s an “email” app icon in the app panel, but Lollipop now diverts us to using the Gmail app for all our accounts – hence, its unified experience.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)
From a visual design standpoint, the interface has been painstakingly refined to follow the principles of flatness and minimalism – you can see it in how notifications are discretely overlaid.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 8.9"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 2048 x 1536
PPI 287 ppi


  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
  5. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 2.3 GHz

form factor

Weight 436 g
Size 153.7 x 228.3 x 8 mm
Thickness 8 mm
Battery life 9.5 hour


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDXC
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Webcam 8 MP
Rear camera 1.6 MP


Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor Yes
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