Nexus 7 LTE release date imminent, makes appearance in China

August 14, 2013
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And finally, we have the first hands on images of the new Nexus 7 with radio support.

And finally, we have the first hands on images of the new Nexus 7 with radio support.

Google has arguably outdone themselves with the new Nexus 7. With awesome price points, powerful specs, and a luscious, high definition 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi) display, the new Nexus 7 simply cannot be beat in the 7 inch form factor. But for lovers of mobile data, unrestricted by the limitations of WiFi, we have evidence that the LTE and HSPA capable Nexus 7 is starting to trickle onto the market.

For any of you that have ever witnessed crisp, rich, high res displays like that on the Nexus 10, or any of the current crop of 1080p smartphones, you will undoubtedly agree with me when I say that it’s an experience absolutely worth repeating.

Thankfully, the new Nexus 7 with radio HSPA and LTE support has appeared in the lucky hands of a (presumably) man in China, and it is sporting a completely legitimate package from top to bottom. The information comes by way to us from Android Police, via a Baidu user, dubbed ‘crazyfreely’. A rough translation reveals that he claims to have paid $2030 yuan (roughly $330USD) intending to purchase a WiFi Nexus 7 but instead received a LTE version of the new Nexus 7. It’s running HSPA+ because he’s on China Unicom, which uses 2100MHz HSPA+, with no LTE availability.

Anyway, what a lucky guy, right?

Check out the hands on images of it:

Hands on Images

Here's the evidence of the sim card slot.

Here’s the evidence of the sim card slot.

We know that the new Nexus 7 will have wide support for many carriers, among which stateside include unlocked support for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

In terms of the various models that will be introduced, here’s the official spec sheet for radio support:

  • North America: 4G LTE: 700/750/850/1700/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/4/5/13/17), HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS(1700/2100) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8), GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Europe: 4G LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20), HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS(1700/2100) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8), GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MH

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Also, if you’ll notice the first image, it’s displaying an H+, meaning essentially that the device will function on many, many networks – so for you globetrotting types out there, it’s well suited!

As reported previously, the new Nexus 7 slipped through the FCC a long time ago with the codename K009, which you can see shown in below. Now of course, none of this should come as any surprise, it’s just representative of the first time we’ve seen it functioning in the wild, and it bodes well for a more imminent release, which of course, is very welcome news!

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 And for those of you with an affinity towards the benchmarks, here are the images for the new, more capable (and portable) Nexus 7.

It’s also reasonable to expect that Apple will update its iPad mini with a significantly higher resolution in the near future, but that shouldn’t concern us Android lovers one bit. As is typical with the initial launch of Nexus tablets, expect the rollout to occur first in the U.S., with other countries soon to follow.

Here’s our video review, if you haven’t seen it!

Video Review of New Nexus 7 2013

Do you consider the official price of $349 reasonable for a new 32GB Nexus 7 with HSPA+ and LTE support? Do you think any other manufacturer is in a position to challenge Google’s quest for 7 inch HD tablet domination? Anyone out there still waiting on Samsung to release a 1080p AMOLED revision to the highly beloved Galaxy Tab 7.7 series? Sound off in the comments below.

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