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NVIDIA Confirms Existence of HTC Nexus 9 in Own Legal Documents, Launch Expected in Q3

Rumors of an HTC-made Nexus device have been floating around for a little while, but thanks to the keen eyes over at Bright Side of News, the existence of the Nexus 9 and its release timeframe is basically now confirmed.

Stated within NVIDIA’s own legal filings, documents which pertain to the company’s upcoming legal battle with Qualcomm and Samsung over GPU technology patents, the company specifically names the new Nexus device, claiming it will be powered by a Tegra K1 processor, expected to see release in Q3 of this year. 

The previous rumors also suggested that the Tegra K1 would power the upcoming tablet, but with NVIDIA stating it themselves, we no longer have to rely on rumors for that information.

Given that we are now in Q3 of 2014, it appears we won’t have much longer to wait until Google unveils what they have been working on. With a new Nexus tablet, we can also expect a full version of Android L ready for the masses, as well as, and hopefully, a new Nexus smartphone at some point.

All we can really say is, thanks, NVIDIA.


Via: Bright Side of News | NVIDIA
  • schlanz

    I haven’t been this amped for a tablet since the original N7.

    If this were to launch at $350 or less, instabuy.

  • Pedro

    Which nexus is used in the picture?

    • needa

      looks like the back of my 2012 n7

      • Pedro

        Thanks. I’ve got the 2013 (and the 4, 5 and 10), which looks nothing like that.

  • droidrazredge

    After reading this news it seems like all the Nexus devices coming Q3′-Q4′ will be beastly and have insane specs. Looks like I’ll have to figure out what to do with my Nexus 7 2013 now….

  • shmigga

    Hopefully the screen is at least 10″ and has a 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio.

  • DanThompson87

    Why does it have to be HTC :/ Seems like they might screw it up. Does this mean HTC will probably also make the phone?

  • Mordecaidrake

    Looks like I’m getting a Samsung 🙁 I wanted a 10″ tablet.

    • Richard Gao

      oh no, 9 inches instead of 10? boo hoo…

      • guest

        That’s what she said

  • perhac88

    Sooooo….Q3 is July, August and September…so I’m around the 22nd

    • Brian Lippman

      It might be Financial Q3. Most companys have the financial quarters one off from the calendar quarters. So, Q3 could mean Oct, Nov and Dec, with Q4 being Jan, Feb and March, so we’re really in Q2 right now, at least when it comes to fiscal quarters.

      • perhac88

        I hope not but you could be right. But each leak I’ve seen the past few years that that has been correct haven’t gone by Financial quarters so hopefully this doesn’t

  • JSo

    They should drop the number naming and come up with some more clever names.

    • I like the number naming for the Nexus devices, as long as it doesn’t get as annoying as Nokia’s naming schemes for their windows phones.

      • JSo

        But what do the numbers mean? People say screen size, but the Nexus 4 had closer to a 5 inch screen. It can’t be the generation number because then where is the Nexus 8? I liked Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    • Tyler Durden

      How? It’s a Nexus tablet. What else should they add? Nexus prime, nexus tablet, nexus beast, all sound stupid

      • JSo

        Compared to Apples naming scheme, what does the Nexus naming scheme mean?

        • flosserelli

          Why should anyone care how the Nexus naming scheme compares to Apple’s?

          • JSo

            Because they are numbering there devices. But no one has answered my question on what the numbers mean. Apple’s is obvious. It’s the number that corresponds with the generation of the device. I’m just asking to have a simple conversation.

          • Asmodai

            The numbers mean the screen size though. Then Nexus 7 had a roughly 7 inch screen. The Nexus 10 had a roughly 10 inch screen. They don’t do decimals so you might get a Nexus 5 with a 4.5 inch screen and such but that’s the gist of it. So a Nexus 9 will likely have a screen size somewhere between 8.5 and 9.5 inches.

          • JSo

            Thank you. At least someone could give me a straight answer. I still think this naming scheme is getting a little crazy and redundant. Nexus 4, 5, 7, 7(2013), 10, 9. If a new phone comes out will it be another 5 inch screen (Nexus 5 2014). I liked when the naming started. Nexus one, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus. It differentiated them.

          • Asmodai

            The thing is the Nexus device is the device they used as the development platform for the new version of Android. Every new release of Android comes with it’s own Nexus. Now that Android runs on so many different devices having a generic name wouldn’t even tell you what kind of device you were talking about. For example is a Nexus X a tablet, a phone, or what? If you say Nexus 4 you know it has a 4 inch screen (roughly) so is almost certainly a phone. Lets say the next version of Android the main focus is TVs, they could release a Nexus 60 and you’d know it was a TV. It may not be the prettiest thing but it’s informative and yeah it’s a bit annoying with they release multiple of the same size and have to put the year in parens after but at least you know what kind of device they’re talking about.

          • JSo

            I see your point. A Nexus 60 would be crazy though. lol. I think I just like the idea of Google being a little more clever than that like I know they are.

          • rich

            What’s the possibility of a 9.7 screen with 4:3 ratio??? I actually think that size and ratio makes sense for a tab.

  • ;)

    Ummm HTC is making this…. f#ck yeah. The company needed a boost and this might just get it for them

    • OF

      Hopefully it has a great camera. And less bezels…

      • Frisi

        Don’t care for tablet cameras.

        • flosserelli

          Neither do I but HTC should ditch the “Ultra Pixel” and use a real camera.

      • Asmodai

        It’s a tablet. You kind of need bezels to hold thing thing you can’t exactly palm a 9″ tablet. Likewise it will be a bit awkward to take pictures with a 9″ tablet… maybe a good front camera for video calls but who cares if it even has a rear camera.

        • OF

          My bad. Thought this was the phone lol.

  • Paul Cruz

    Hopefully they release it in time for xmas so I can get some sort of deal on it!

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Lol We have 2 and a half weeks left in Q3. Good though. Looking forward.

  • Brian Menius

    My Moto360 pocket change will be put to much better use here. Bring it!

  • Mark2134

    As much as i love nexus( nexii?) and android, i just cant get excited about tegra. I know it’s a beast, i know shield is smooth, but i just feel like everything in the past that launched with the latest greatest tegra has sorta fizzled out shortly after…. Maybe just me. I really like the snapdragon soc line better.

    • yeah right

      this is a new Tegra though, shouldn’t have any of the problems it previously had.

      • needa

        so were the other ones when they were released.

    • Bob’s Bilderbergers

      It’s not just you, I’ve felt the exact same way for a while. I feel like Tegra hasn’t had the best track record but maybe it can change that with this.

    • OF

      What do you mean fizzled out?

    • Asmodai

      I agree that prior Tegras have been crap. Ironically the GPUs have stunk but the K1 fixes that as they are designing for Mobile first now and just scaling up for Desktop/Pro instead of trying to make a stripped down version for mobile. This is also one of the first 64bit ARM CPUs to support Android so that’s a huge plus too. Qualcomm’s main point of success was the integration of the LTE modems on the SoCs making them better for phones but that’s not as important on tablets. Also Qualcomm got caught with their pants down on this 64bit shift and STILL haven’t even announced any new 64bit designs of their own. Their Krait core is amazing and I look forward to seeing what they come up with next (64bit) but it’s apparently not going to be anytime soon. What 64bit products they HAVE announced just used the licensed Cortex designs from ARM so it’s the same crap even budget ARM SoC like MediaTek and such are using. Qualcomm was the king of 32bit ARM SoCs but they’re not looking good for 64bit and one of the main purposes of this Nexus device is to be the launch platform for the 64bit version of Android.

  • Mark

    I’m guessing we’ll see this Q4 instead of Q3… Cool though.

  • mcdonsco

    This thing would have to be absolutely amazing for me to consider upgrading to it from my n7 2013. I doubt its that amazing though.

    For me, I upgrade phones like crazy, usually every 2-3 months tops, but I use them all day every day. My n7 however, I use while working to look up property info when out and about with clients and reading books…that’s it. No reason to upgrade it (unless again, the new one is “amazing”).

    • Brandon Miller

      This entire post is essentially me to a tee.

      • droidrazredge

        I have to agree as well. I have the Nexus 7 2013 and I’m like I really don’t want to feel like I’ve wasted money just because a 2014 version of the tablet comes out. I feel tablets are not like phones and they don’t need to be upgraded every few months or every year. I treat they like GPU’s only upgraded if the software or games out there will benefit from the upgrade but not to just upgrade just because a new GPU’S comes out every 6 months.

        • pball_inuyasha

          I’d gladly sell my N7 2013 off cheap to the parents and pick this new tablet up, with a few caveats. I like being able to hold my N7 comfortably in one hand and I don’t know if something over 8″ will allow that. Other wise I’d say price would be the only other concern as this should perform much better than an N7.

  • Joshua D.

    Google has an event on the 15th. I doubt they are only talking about Android ONE.

    • It’s not an event here. They aren’t going to announce Android L and the HTC Nexus in India..

      • needa

        they already announced android L.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          They pretty much showed off a preview. It really hasn’t been fleshed out. Either way.

          • needa

            technicality i’d say. it will not be called andoid L at the release, or at the announcement of the full fledged version. more technicalities. seriously though… no way are they going to release android l with the one. it is going to happen with the nexus. which will not be here till october.

        • Oh yeah, so we have a release? No, they announced the Android L PREVIEW.

      • snow

        Hopefully they will also show the nexus 6 during this event

    • snow

      Really ? Didn’t know

    • JSo

      What event is this?

    • yeah right

      Google wants Android One to be a big big thing in developing markets. I am pretty sure it will only be about the multitude of devices launching with ANdroid one.

  • OF

    Should I be excited??

  • Tyler Durden

    Hopefully specs stay same. 2560×1440, 4GB Ram, K1 64bit. Nexus 9 is going to be a beast.

    • Arthur Dent

      Those are beastly. If that’s the case, might replace my Tab Pro, if the pricing is right. If we’re looking at $400-500, forget it.

      • Tyler Durden

        It’ll be a $399/$499. And will be more than worth it over the so called Tab Pro line.

        • NYCHitman1

          This is what I’m talking about!

        • needa

          299 max. probably 229 249.

          • Reed Kerr

            Man, I hope you’re right!

          • needa

            i just look at it as being a nexus device. it is a device that they want to price low enough for any and all developers to get their hands on it so they can make apps for the device. this will not happen if they charge 400 plus. anywho… time for a round of disc golf. yall enjoy the rest of your day.

          • Reed Kerr

            Generally I agree. The Nexus line has been very affordable with one notable exception… the Nexus 10. It was priced as the premium device that it was, unlike all the rest. Hopefully the Nexus 9 will fall closer to the Nexus 7 pricing model than the Nexus 10.

          • yeah right

            it wasa $100 cheaper than the comparative Ipad at the time.

            I suspect this device will be as cheap as an iPad Mini or maybe $20 – $40 cheaper.

          • needa

            i get where you are coming from, and you could be 100% correct. but that n10 was 400 and it had them uber pixels in it. along with the new exynos eight core thingy. those were two brand new parts made by samsung, and then put into a samsung device. thus double dipping on the profits. not to mention there was a cheaper 7″ version peeps could get their hands on for $200.

            now i have talked myself into thinking it might be expensive. if they release another 7″ along with this 9″… then it very well might be high dollar. time will tell.

          • michael arazan

            I thought I read 399 for the HTC Nexus Tablet

            As long as it’s coming before the end of the year, saving up for it as my only xmas present to myself

          • Twilightlicous

            You realize the N7-2013, which was 7 inches, was 280$? This one is 9 inches, and has a lot more in it. Not to mention the 8 inch Shield Tablet with the same chipset is 300$

        • Twilightlicous

          I’m saying 350$ to 380$ (USD), 100$ more than the original weird price the N7-2013 had.

    • Tim C

      So very similar to my Transformer TF701t? Not trying to diminish the N9, just curious why no one seems to remember this tab.

      • Justin W

        Well, minus the Tegra K1 processor and probably a few other things.

      • Mike Hunt

        Your tablet is only 1080p, has a tegra 3 which is crap compared to the K1, also your tablet was/is super overpriced.

        • Keith Taylor

          You did mean Tegra 4 right? and right now you can get one for about 280 and around Christmas time it should be no more than about 225

    • n11

      With the same 7″ screen?… I guess I could go for a SLIGHTLY larger screen if the decrease in bezel made up for it.
      Remember, small, mid and large should be options to choose from.

  • DanSan

    lol now they are snitching on each other.

  • expeed

    There are a lot of expectations in this…

    • Arthur Dent

      Until something is released, I am sure they do not want to guarantee ANYTHING and be held liable for it later.

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  • Phil Oakley

    Well, Q3 ends at the end of September, so…

    • Joshua D.

      Google sent out a press invite for the 15th.

      • Miguel

        Joshua did you get one?
        By the way thanks to you I have a new (Refurbished) Nexus 5, mine had the screen broken.

        • Carlton Crasher

          Question did you do the replacement if so how long did it take for them to credit the purchase hold?

      • Phil Oakley

        That’s very true…everyone thought that was for Android One…hmm…

    • mcdonsco

      Actually in 11 days.

    • Seth Merritt

      Their Q2 ended 7/27, so it will be October at least.

      • Phil Oakley

        Ah, a financial quarter rather than calendar. Hmm.

      • Brian Menius

        That makes infinitely more sense.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Well Q3 ends like… soon…

    • Buzz Buzzard Jr.

      That is what i was thinking, like 3 weeks.

      • Pootis Man

        Actually a bit less. Q3 is ending this month.

        • Buzz Buzzard Jr.

          21 days away = three weeks.

    • Twilightlicous

      “Expected to use” Indicates to me that this text is very dated, they would know by now if the N9 was or wasn’t using their chipset. and being old, its possible they’ve experienced delays in development since then. I wouldn’t get too excited.