The already affordable tablet powered by vanilla Android 5.1 Lollipop is cheaper than ever before, both in Wi-Fi-only and LTE-enabled configurations.
Technically, the HTC-manufactured Nexus 9 would be due for a hardware upgrade in around two months. But Google seems wholly focused on the smartphone branch of the successful product family, with tabs in general about to go the way of the dodo, and traditional PCs more likely to recover.
As such, the best N9 fans can hope for this fall is a swift software promotion to build M. Also, discounts. One very attractive recent price cut has brought the high-res, Tegra K1-packing, 8 mm slim device down to $289.99.
Normally, the 16 GB Wi-Fi-limited version on sale via Expansys costs $400, so your savings exceed a cool hundred bucks. Of course, Amazon rarely charges the MSRP, but even the perennially generous e-tailer can only go as low as $348.
“Available to order”, but no doubt in very high demand, the “entry-level” N9 can be delivered by Expansys in 4-7 working days sans shipping premiums, or within 24 hours in exchange for $28 extra.
Want always-on, speedy connectivity and twice the internal storage space? At $340, the 32 GB Google Nexus 9 with LTE is itself reduced, from a list price of $500 or so. Through Amazon, the same exact option goes for $364, but without a valid US warranty.
Sounds like a no-brainer to us, and compared to rival slates such as Samsung’s $470 and up Galaxy Tab S2 9.7, it’s also a bargain. Not to mention powerhouse, with 2 GB RAM under the hood, a 6,700 mAh battery, 8 MP camera slapped on its rear and stereo speakers.