Apple introduced its new iPad lineup last night and in the process the company adjusted the prices on the older iPad Air and iPad mini models.
We didn’t expect Apple to keep all of them on the market, but there is obviously a nice opportunity to sell a non-retina mini for $249 to budget users.
The Nexus 9 ($399 and up) was announced earlier this week and it costs $100 less than the iPad Air 2 ($499 and up), but is also smaller, thicker and it weighs as much as the bigger iPad. The Nexus 9 costs the same as an iPad Mini 3 and it costs $100 more than the iPad mini 2 with Retina display ($299).
Amazon has listed the Nexus 9 in black and white at $399 and $499 for the 16GB and 32GB versions respectively, both WiFi only. There is no word on Nexus 9 LTE availability, but Google will start selling this tablet through its play store at a later date. Amazon expects the Nexus 9 to be released on November 3rd and with a one-day shipping option you might have one at your door in just over two weeks.
It will be interesting to see what Nvidia accomplished with the Nexus 9 and how the performance of 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor 2.3 GHz with 192 core Kepler GPU compares to Apple's A8X and Nvidia's 32-bit TK1. We are very sure that 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor 2.3 GHz should leave Apple's A7 in the dust, but the A8 and A8X are another matter. Most Apple lovers won't care that much about performance as traditionally, they will still pick Apple over any competitor regardless of raw power.
Androidpolice is also buzzing that Google plans to release the Android 5.0 update on November 3rd. The update is coming to the Nexus 7 2012, Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 10. Google confirmed that the Nexus 4, 5 and Nexus 7 with LTE will also get the update, but probably at slightly later date due to LTE considerations.