The Nexus 7 (2013) may not feature LTE support in Europe (Update)

by: Andrew GrushJuly 29, 2013

Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 (2013) not only brings quite a few impressive improvements over the original, but also will be the first Nexus tablet to feature LTE support.

While Google never officially stated if the LTE variant would launch outside of North America, it was assumed by many that it would end up arriving at the very least in Europe. This was further ‘confirmed’ by the new Nexus 7’s specifications page, which originally listed LTE bands for the upcoming European version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Unfortunately the listing has now been updated, and now it appears that European consumers will only be getting HSPA+ support after all.

It’s very possible that Google NEVER had plans to release the Nexus 7 with LTE in Europe, and that this latest specs update could simply be correcting a prior typo/error. There’s also the chance that something changed in Google’s plans that is preventing them from releasing an LTE model right away.

Regardless, this is more than a little disappointing for those that were impatiently waiting for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model. Here’s to hoping that a European LTE model is still on its way, even if it ends up launching sometime after the HSPA+ only version.

For those in Europe, does this at all affect your plans to buy the Nexus 7 (2013)?

Update: Apparently Google has updated the specs page once again. This time LTE is listed for the European version once again, this time for 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/720).

  • Julie Drake

    It would have been nice to have the option but its no hardship without.

  • icyrock1

    Guess people who want LTE support will have to import it from the US (lol, still might come out to the same price, wouldn’t it? Since google does Markup the price of stuff in the Play Store [when you directly convert it from it’s Euro price to it’s USD price, the UK price is higher]).

    • MasterMuffin

      It wouldn’t work on European LTE (?)

  • Jack Parker

    I guess they just dont want my money

  • Dr-Murad Dawod

    i have no problem with HsPA + at all since we have No LTE . but when we will see LTE or 3G version ?

  • MasterMuffin

    Don’t care, I’m always on Wi-Fi and when I’m not, HSPA+ is good enough

  • Bone

    Expansys & co will bring it over, but it’s no biggie anyway, since it’s unlikely one will have an LTE contract on his/her phone AND one for the tab, way too expensive.

    • Joshua Hill

      No info on the AU Expansys site yet. Hope they start selling these soon.

  • LorenzKE

    (Example Germany) LTE is not very necessary here. First reason, the LTE contracts are very expensive. Second reason, LTE is not very common, only in (big) cities. Third reason, the speed of HSPA+ is about 6mbits and its almost everywhere! available.

  • Brute

    I followed your link to the specifications page of the Nexus 7 and it states

    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    HSPA+: 850/900/1900/1700/2100 (AWS) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
    LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)

    In Sweden where i live that means full LTE support on alla available bands (800, 1800, 2600) pretty sure they use those band in all the nordic countries.

    • Andrew Grush

      They’ve apparently re-updated it again! For a while it didn’t list any LTE bands.

  • Locutus

    LTE is very expensive here in Europe. I doubt it will put anyone off buying it.

  • Leonardo Baez

    to Andrew Grush, next time wait over the weekend to say idiot thing like

    “It’s very possible that Google NEVER had plans to release the Nexus 7 with LTE in Europe”

    just because someone make a mistake deleting less a line of text from a web page it is not a 100% confirmed thing.

    lately, I’m seeing in various specialized media, that the urge to say something beats reason and logic of first filter and check the sources.

    you already look like cnn or fox news

  • As

    I just want it to be released in Europe NOW!