Google Nexus 9 on sale today at Telstra for $479

Be quick: stock limited to a handful of retail stores

The Google commissioned and HTC made Nexus 9 tablet goes on sale today at select Telstra stores in the lead up to Christmas.

Telstra is selling the Wi-Fi variant for $479. It joins the carrier’s existing range, which includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab S ($599) and the recently launched Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact ($499).

Australians can buy the tablet online; however, buying them from a retail store will be restricted to just a few outlets.

Telstra will expand availability to more stores on 9 December. Alternatively it can be purchased from Google’s online Play store with an expected shipping time of 1-2 days.

The Telstra stores that will stock the Nexus 9
The Telstra stores that will stock the Nexus 9

Google is eying Apple’s share of the tablet market with the Nexus 9 as the search giant strategically unveiled the tablet 24 hours before Apple launched its iPad Air 2. The tablet made its debut on 20 October.

The 8.9in tablet is the first device from Google to have a 64-bit processor — similar to that of Apple’s iPad Air 2.

It has an 8.9in, 2048x1536 resolution display, is a thin 8mm, has an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, a rear 8MP camera, 16Gb or 32GB of internal storage and be available from Telstra with support for Wi-Fi.

The Nexus 9 tablet is the first device to run Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Nexus 9 key specifications:

• 8.9in, 2048x1536 resolution display, 288 pixels-per-inch
• Android 5.0
• 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor
• 192-core Kepler GPU
• 2GB RAM
• 16GB/32GB internal storage
• 8MP Rear camera
• 1.6MP Front camera
• 6700 mAh
• 4G or Wi-Fiac only

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