HTC exec may have just confirmed Nexus 9, as launch date gets rumored

We’re just hours away from HTC’s next big event, but one of the company’s most anticipated new products isn’t one we expect to see at this “double exposure” gathering: the Nexus 9 tablet. Evidence for the tablet’s existence has been arriving at unprecedented level in recent weeks, most recently as a picture of the slate itself leaked. But for all we have managed to see, the tablet has remained an unconfirmed rumor. That may finally be changing, as we hear a report that an HTC exec has supposedly verified the manufacturer’s plans for the Nexus 9.

HTC’s Jack Tong, president of HTC North Asia, has been quoted as telling reporters that the Nexus 9 represents his company’s commitment to the tablet form factor. Tong also touched on international availability for the Nexus 9, insisting that a release in Taiwan is likely to occur before the year’s out.

If that confirms the tablet itself, what about a launch date? The source reporting on that news suggests that October 16 could be a possibility, but we’re also hearing October 15 put forth as an option. The day could prove to be a big one for Google, involving not just the release of the Nexus 9 and Android L, but also bring news of the next generation of the Android Wear platform, as well as Android TV. While we still may not be sure of the precise date, the idea of this launch happening next week is sounding easier and easier to believe.

Source: Focus Taiwan, Artem Russakovskii (Google+)
Via: G for Games, BGR

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