Nexus 7 LTE release date imminent, makes appearance in China

by: Darcy LaCouveeAugust 14, 2013

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

New Nexus 7 2013 LTE unboxing 3

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!

new nexu 7 2013 lte hspa upc

 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.

  • MasterMuffin

    I first though it said “China Unicorn” :D This could be fake, because it’s China

  • devoncatt

    A lot less expensive than the UK LTE version where it is slated at £299 (about US $455) and is promised to arrive soon (whenever that is ?) Will they have fixed the multi touch & GPS problems by then?

  • End in sight

    That is quite an impressive list of frequencies.

    I still would like this to be under the $300 price point.

    • Stereotypical Evil Archer

      Yes, charging $80 more for cellular capabilities is quite high. $50 more, I understand. But at $30 more it would hit that sweet spot of $299 with LTE.

      Bummer, it’s going to price some people out and lead them towards more Samsung products instead of a true Google experience.

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  • Richard Krajewski

    The price point is fine at $349 given the compatibility with just about every network…

  • The Werewolf

    Two questions I really wish someone would ask this fellow:
    – Does the N7/2013 do Internet Tethering
    – Can the N7/2013 be used as a cellphone (note – yes, I know you can use VoIP.. that’s not what I’m asking).

    • Dave Weinstein

      the “Europe” version covers all the frequencies used in Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. I would also like to know if it can be used as a phone.

      Presumably the microphone and speakers aren’t ideal for this, but you can always use a headset if it can handle incoming and outgoing calls…

      • Player2

        I believe he was asking specifically because for some unknown reason both the dialer and native tethering capabilities were disabled in the 2012 nexus7

        The tethering thing was easy to work around, but the dialer thing has far reaching consequences to the integration of other apps being able to initiate calls even if you set up other things as default for outgoing calls, because there was a flag set in the framework that it “wasn’t a cellphone”

        Meanwhile the samsung 7.7 did this perfectly.

  • Is there a comparison of Nexus 7 (2013) vs. Xperia Z’10?

  • super card

    Can LTE version released in the US be used in Thailand? from one of these AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

  • natas

    Just hope Google learned from the 2012 version not to change the mic locations from the WiFi to 3G versions because of the placement of the SIM card. All of us that paid for a case with mic holes for the WiFi version could not use the same case for the 3G version. Also, they never released an official case for the 3G version, so I had to drill my own mic holes in new locations….

  • littletime

    To hell with Samsung, I paid for a premium tablet the 7.7 and 18 months on I still have ICS, with Jellybean but a rumour. The ICS upgrade also caused the video camera’s HD mode to cease working properly and getting decent support has been a fruitless task. I’ll give Google/Asus a go, though I’m guessing their support probably is similar?