Google Nexus 9: 7 things you need to know about the first Android Lollipop tablet

4. It’s rocking a powerful 64-bit processor

The Nvidia Tegra K1 processor is a beast of a CPU

The Nexus 9 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, a powerful 64-bit dual-core CPU that should handle most tasks (and multitasking) with ease.

The K1’s Kepler GPU features 192 cores, meanwhile, which should make games and apps that use 3D graphics absolutely fly. Nvidia says the Kepler delivers visuals on a par with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – and you can read what we think of it in our full review of another K1-equipped tablet, Nvidia’s own Shield (spoiler alert: we think it’s the best gaming tablet ever made).

5. It has two cameras

The rear camera features an LED flash and autofocus

Most people aren’t overly fussed about their tablet’s photography skills, but the Nexus 9 has two snappers for those that are interested: a rear-facing 8MP camera with f/2.4 aperture, LED flash and autofocus; and a front-facing 1.6MP camera with f/2.4 aperture. There are also dual microphones which should boost the quality of video chats.

6. It’s coming in three configurations and three colours

Pick your poison: black, white or sand

The Nexus 9 will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 32GB with LTE 4G options (all have 2GB of RAM), and in a trio of colour finishes: Lunar White, Indigo Black and Sand.

7. It doesn’t have a confirmed price, but we’ll know one very soon

A keyboard case will be one of the first optional extras available

The Nexus 9 will be available to pre-order at the Google Play store from 17 October (that’s this Friday), at which point we’ll know if Google is heavily subsidising the price. This is often the case with Nexus devices, and it could be that the Nexus 9 ends up being a lot more affordable than rivals such as the Apple iPad Air.

It’ll be on sale from 3 November at other UK retailers including Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Currys, PC World, Three and O2.

READ MORE: Apple iPad Air review

Can you expect the Nexus 9 in Asia?

From past experience, the Nexus devices will make their way to our region. However, they are usually launched between three to six months after its initial availability in the US and UK. Plus, you won't be getting it straight from the Google Play Store. Instead, the devices are made available by Google's OEM partner.

In this case, that'll be HTC. There's a high likelihood that the Taiwanese firm will bring the Nexus 9 here and its launch date will be pretty close, perhaps slightly more than a month, to the US availability.

A constant trend for the previous devices is a higher price than its US versions. This has been the case for the Nexus phones made by LG and Nexus 7 tablet from Asus. For now, we have no word on the pricing from HTC, but keep your fingers crossed that it won't be too far off from the US pricing.