Thanks to various leaks over the past few weeks, HTC’s Nexus 9 tablet has been all but confirmed. This morning, though, HTC’s president of North Asia Jack Tong reportedly told members of the press that the Nexus 9 is the company’s “commitment” to returning to the tablet market. This is significant because, despite all of the leaks, HTC has yet to formally acknowledge the existence of the tablet.

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Tong, according to Focus Taiwan, made these comments during a press briefing in New York City. HTC holding a press briefing this morning in New York makes perfect sense, as the company is holding its Double Exposure event in the city tonight.

Focus Taiwan also reports that the Nexus 9 will finally be officially unveiled on October 16th, which is next Thursday. The device is expected to be unveiled alongside the Nexus 6 and Android L. All of the stars appear to be aligning for this rumored October launch, with both the Nexus 9 and Nexus 6 recently passing through the FCC.

The Nexus 9 was initially rumored to have an all aluminum design, but recent leaks have pointed to a more plastic/rubber build quality. Other rumored specs include an NVIDIA K1 processor, 2GB of Ram, an 8MP camera, and front-facing BoomSound speakers.

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