The Asus K009, which has positively been identified as the GSM version of the new Nexus 7 thanks to a recent FCC filing, seems to come with 4G LTE support for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
We shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the second-gen Nexus 7 tablet would get LTE support, since there’s more and more 4G coverage available to U.S. and international mobile device users. But what’s interesting about the FCC filing is that it suggests the handset will come with multi-band LTE support for these three carriers, which isn’t something you see every day in a smartphone and/or tablet.
According to the available documentation, the new Nexus 7 will have LTE support for bands 2, 4 (AT&T, Verizon and mostly T-Mobile), 5, 13 (Verizon) and 17 (AT&T). Sprint’s LTE band (25) is, interestingly, not mentioned.
When it comes to 3G support, the new Nexus 7 comes with support for two bands, 850MHz and 1900MHz, which means the device will be compatible with most GSM networks in the world, AT&T’s included. T-Mobile also has its HSPA+ network on 1900MHz.
The Asus K009 is yet to become official as the new Nexus 7, and while the device seems to have the necessary internal components to connect to three U.S. 4G LTE networks, that doesn’t necessarily mean these carriers will actually sell the device.
The 3G model of the first Nexus 7 generation comes with support for AT&T and T-Mobile, and the 3G versions are available via Google Play.