Insider: ASUS said to be 6 weeks from launching a 3G version of the Google Nexus 7

Insider: ASUS said to be 6 weeks from launching a 3G version of the Google Nexus 7
The competition in the low priced 7 inch tablet category is heating up. While the Amazon Kindle Fire is sold out, Amazon is expected to introduce the sequel this week. Speculation calls for two 7 inch models to be announced including one higher-end model with more storage and a faster processor. Don't forget the Apple iPad mini, which could be just days away from being announced although an October introduction of the 7.85 inch tablet now seems more likely. Amid all that competition, we could be just a few weeks away from the unveiling of a version of the Google Nexus 7 that will feature cellular connectivity. An insider whom you would expect to have, well, insider information on what's going on with the tablet, says that ASUS has started ramping up production of a version of the Google Nexus 7 with 3G connectivity, in advance of a launch in 6 weeks.

Obviously, this version of the Google Nexus 7 would have to be priced higher than the $199 8GB Wi-Fi only model, but we would agree that there would be a market for it as man does not live on Wi-Fi alone. And we're not sure if this insider simply focused on 3G and the Google Nexus 7 will also be LTE enabled, or if 3G is all that ASUS is hooking the tablet up with for now.

The word is that certain things are still up in the air, such as the exact launch date and the regions where network connectivity will be offered. And of course, once you start dealing with cellular connectivity, you have to deal with the carriers. However Google decides these things, by spinners, dice, magic 8 ball, Astrology or rock/paper/scissors, serious decisions must be made. 6 weeks would take us to mid-October, so we'll look for some word from ASUS, Google, or one of the carriers before then.

source: MoDaCo

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Nexus 7
  • Display 7.0" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB
  • Battery 4325 mAh



1. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

now this is interesting... i think kindle will be irrelevant if its true!

2. plgladio

Posts: 314; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Good news..

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I just got a tmobile 4g mobile hotspot. Works fine for me.

4. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

No thanks, I have my phone to tether off of. I don't need cellular connectivity for my tablets. No need to let them get their grubby little hands involved in something good. If anything, come out with a slightly more expensive version with MHL and an SD card slot.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Nope, got what I wanted in the N7 16GB - instead of wasting money and adding a tablet to my expensive VZW plan, I will just wi-fi tether it.

6. atocruz

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 29, 2010

Will this have an sms/call feature using simcard or the use of simcard is by 3G connectivity only??

7. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I ve bought Samsung 7.7 but 3G is really useless....more useful is sometimes a rear camera anyway I will change Nexus 7 for my S7.7

8. imsickwithphone

Posts: 76; Member since: May 17, 2012


9. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The only thing I would change is the lack of a micro SD slot and HDMI out. I would gladly pay an extra 50 bucks for those two things.

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