Nexus 9 tablet's maker, processor, and release window leaked in Nvidia legal docs

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The Nexus 9 may indeed be the next tablet from Google, with another clue manifesting Thursday.

It appears in the most uninteresting of places—a legal filing by Nvidia. The company is suing Qualcomm for allegedly using various GPU technologies without the proper licensing. 

One of Nvidia's documents mentions the device by name, saying "the HTC Nexus 9, expected in the third quarter of 2014, is also expected to use the Tegra K1." 

The Tegra K1 powers the company's Nvidia Shield, a gaming-focused Android tablet that impressed us in our review. The chip combines four high-power 2.2GHz ARM Cortex 15 CPUs with one low-power, battery-saver core and offers excellent performance.

The third quarter runs through the end of September, so we could hopefully be seeing this device and a final release of Android L very soon. It would make for a counterpunch by Google to the grand Apple show Wednesday, which revealed two super-sized iPhones and the Apple Watch.

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