HTC’s long awaited collaboration with tech giant Google has resulted in both companies releasing what will be one of the most powerful tablets to be released in 2014; the Nexus 9. The uber powerful tablet is expected to be unveiled on the 15thof October, followed by a release date on the 3rd of November. According to sources present on Brightsideofnews.com, the tablet’s starting price is going to be $399.

The 9 inch tablet (derived from the model name Nexus 9) is expected to carry a crisp resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and is going to be powered by none other than NVIDIA’s formidable Tegra K1 chipset. There are several rumors hovering about that the tablet’s SoC will feature a 64 bit version of the operating system and processor.

It is speculated that the Nexus 9 tablet could also be launched with the 64 bit K1 chipset, and could feature a dual-core NVIDIA Denver CPU. One of the core highlights of the K1 chipset is that it comes equipped with a 192 shader Kepler GPU that is able to bulldoze through the remaining competition in benchmarking tests, most notably power chipsets such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 and Samsung’s Exynos 5433.

The higher performance of that tablet will also translate in to the higher price tag. Seeing as how the previous lineup of Nexus tablets were priced around the $200 mark, the $399 price tag will not be able to ignite the purchasing desire due to consumers already getting used to receiving above par performance at a reasonable price.

It is also rumored that the Nexus 9 will possess a microSD slot, a feature that was uncommon on all Nexus devices. Perhaps the large price tag will justify the inclusion of such features.