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

Google’s HTC-manufactured slate is officially unveiled
Google Nexus 9

Google hasn’t organised a lavish event for the announcement of its newest tablet: the Google Nexus 9 has been quietly and simply unveiled online.

We knew it was coming, and some of the rumours about it have been proven correct, but here are all the official details.

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1. It has an 8.9in screen

The Nexus 9's screen has the exact same resolution as an iPad Air's

Google and its manufacturing partner HTC (more on that below) have decided to go with an 8.9in IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 2048 x 1536 resolution. That’s the exact same number of pixels (and the same aspect ratio) as you’d find on an Apple iPad Air, albeit on a slightly smaller screen.

2. It’s made by HTC

Spot the speaker: HTC's BoomSound tech is on board

As rumoured a few weeks back, the Nexus 9 has been designed and manufactured in collaboration with HTC. It’s a company with a chequered history when it comes to making tablets, but its smartphones are among the best in the world. HTC’s experience with metal may have been a key factor in Google’s decision, as the Nexus 9 features a brushed aluminium frame.

There’s also a soft-touch plastic back to aid grip, and the tablet weighs 436g, which Google claims makes it light enough to easily hold in one hand. (If you’re wondering, it’s 7.95mm thin.)

HTC’s famed BoomSound speakers make an appearance too, so that should mean loud, crisp stereo sound right from the front of the tablet.

3. It’ll be the first tablet running Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop's email client is pretty damn slick

Along with the Nexus 9, Google is today officially announcing its next big version of Android: Android 5.0 Lollipop. And the Nexus 9 will be the first tablet that’ll run the revamped OS.

We’ll have a proper story dedicated to Android 5.0 Lollipop for you to peruse soon, but the basics according to Google are that it’s better for multitasking (for example, you can read emails on one half of the screen while the other half shows your inbox); it allows you to respond to important notifications direct from your lock screen; it offers a battery saver function that extends on-the-go life; and that interaction is now more tangible, with the device responding to your touch actions in a “more tangible” way.