PSA: Google/HTC Nexus 9 up for pre-orders on Amazon starting at $400

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Nexus_9Looking for an alternative way to get on the Nexus 9 bandwagon early, given the Play Store’s notorious instability around big launch events like this? Not so impressed with Apple’s largely unchanged “new” iPad mini and too slightly upgraded iPad Air 2?

Then as always, Amazon has your back. The online retailer even kicked N9 pre-orders into gear before Google to get a jump on things, although by the time you’ll be reading these lines, the Play Store should have caught up.

Aside from (probably) handling waves and waves of orders and traffic spikes better, Amazon doesn’t really offer any incentives to convince you to purchase through them. No discounts, no early shipping dates, no nothing.

But that’s understandable. After all, Google and HTC have to give the green-light and, well, actually release inventory for Amazon to then be able to ship anything. And D-Day is November 3, with absolutely no wiggle room.

As you may be aware already, the 16 GB Wi-Fi-only flavor of the Android Lollipop-running 8.9 incher [easyazon-link asin=”B00M6UC5B4″ locale=”us”]costs $399.99[/easyazon-link], while the version packing twice the internal storage [easyazon-link asin=”B00M6UC974″ locale=”us”]commands an $80 premium[/easyazon-link]. For the time being, you can’t claim an LTE model on Amazon, but it’s coming, and should go for $599. Naturally, with 32 GB storage space.

No longer targeted at budget-aware consumers but power users, the Nexus line consists of a top-shelf Motorola-made 5.9-inch smartphone in addition to HTC’s slate. The N6 is supposed to go on sale a little later, on October 29, with stock available for delivery sometime in November.

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