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Asus Said to be Building 3G Capable Nexus 7, Ready for Launch in 6 Weeks?

According to the folks at MoDaCo, they have an inside source that has let them in on Asus’ plan to make a Nexus 7 tablet with 3G capabilities. From what the rumor states, there was no say of 4G LTE quite yet. The only other piece of info given is that the tablet would be ready for launch in a matter of just six weeks. 

We could see how making a 3G capable Nexus 7 is a good idea, but then we would see the price come up thanks to the addition of the new radios. Maybe an extra $50 to $100? On a separate note, the Nexus 7 8GB version just sold out on Google Play over the weekend, but we don’t think it is at all related to an upcoming 3G version.

Would you buy a 3G Nexus 7? With WiFi hotspots almost everywhere and with the cost of data only going up, is it worth it to have a data connection on your tablet?

Via: MoDaCo

  • NriToGaf

    > With WiFi hotspots almost everywhere and with the cost of data only going up
    You must be in USA or a big European country for such a statment! There is very few wires, fibers or WiFi in not-so-rich countries. In China, India and many countries the way to go is 3G, but data plan are cheap 🙂

  • SecurityNick

    Don’t need a 3G Nexus 7, I need a Nexus 10 WiFi!!!

  • Using Wi-Fi from my Motorola Droid for my Nexus 7 and getting good speed, but I would definitely buy the Nexus 7 with 3G. I love the tablet and use it more than my Ipad.

  • cmmmc

    I would buy with 3G. In fact, this is the reason why I, as first adopter, didn’t go for the Nexus 7 immediately. Tried tethering for years: battery drains with two radios (on both phone and tablet) is ridiculous, phones get very hot (my Galaxy Nexus no exception), and data connections are unfortunately not as fast as they can be. Purchased Galaxy 7.7″ (3G) in Feb and it made all the difference – super happy. Will only consider Nexus 7 3G an upgrade if there is a microSD slot. Can I please decide what I want to store on my tablet. Putting everything on a cloud is useless when you’re abroad as you pay through the nose.

  • Bionic

    I couldn’t care less. When I’m away from wifi I simply use the FOXFI app on my phone to create a free wifi hotspot and download whatever I need to my nexus 7.

  • I was just thinking with a 4G LTE card, I could use the device as a phone anywhere and connect other devices to the card as well, so maybe that’s what I need to be carrying around- instead of my Macbook Air + phone, a Macbook Air sometimes, a card, and a Nexus 7 that us using wifi.

  • yos

    I need 3G as I am planning a trip to Guatemala and knowing that the Wi-Fi is not as available as 3G

  • Raven

    If they want to release any variants, it should be a “Premium” edition with 32GB and HDMI out, and heck even throw in a back camera and Micro SD slot for good measure. I would gladly pay $300 for that and give my current 16GB N7 to my wife.

    • Daniel Clifford

      What is the point of a back camera on a tablet? I have never quite understood that. I suppose since I am replying to your post, what would you want to use it for?

      • cmmmc

        With a 7″ form factor so small you can fit it in a pocket, when you’re out and about it’s actually quite handy to have a camera for immediate sharing. I found it looking silly on a 10″ tablet to take photos but 7″ is perfectly fine.

    • MrC1122

      hell, i would pay up to $400 for that!

  • Laki S.

    I’ve already owned a 3G tablet and found I almost never used the data; it was on wi-fi 99.99% of the time. There were a few months I used absolutely no cell data at all. I finally chucked it for the N7 and I’m never going back. I finally got to use it out and about this past weekend on a roadtrip, but had it tethered to my Bionic and it was fantastic. Why pay two bills when you can tether??

    • InyRules

      This. I refuse to pay for 2 bills when I have 5gb of data sitting on my T-Mobile plan every month. With my unlocked Galaxy Nexus, I don’t need to pay for tethering or root to get a tethering app for free. With my phone connected to wifi for 10+ hours during a normal weekday, I don’t need to worry about going over my data when I want to tether on the weekends.

      • capecodcarl

        I’d get rid of my smartphone if there was an affordable prepaid data plan for my Nexus 7. It’s the perfect size that I can carry it everywhere like a phone so why carry a redundant smartphone with a smaller screen? I’d love to just go back to a super-cheap flip phone where the battery lasts for a week at a time and use my tablet for everything else. I never did that with my iPad because it was just too big to carry in my pocket, but the Nexus 7 is a perfect size and slips right in my front pants pocket.

      • cmmmc

        I live in the UK. Bought Tmobile prepaid. Add £10 to top up. Add another £20 and you’ve got 6 months internet. It can definitely be done (well, in the UK).

  • They should make one with an SD slot…….

    • Justin Swanson

      Use USB OTG cable and a flash drive…

      • 4n1m4L

        is otg native, or does it require root?

  • At a reasonable price, I’d be very interested in this. I use Verizon’s CDMA/LTE network in the US, and I don’t travel internationally often enough to spend the money on a good GSM/HSPA device. An N7 unlocked with GSM/HSPA support would be great. I could use it via WiFi in the US, and when I do travel it could become my phone too.

  • Diablo81588

    No LTE?

  • Detonation

    Only if the 3G was free like on the Kindle Touch.

    • JoshGroff

      That would be freaking awesome.

  • EvanTheGamer

    No. Thanks. A 3G Nexus 7 would be a deal breaker, doubt anyone would even purchase that version…unless they live in a world with no 4G that is.

    • JoshGroff

      I already have that version. :/ Since my G-Nex doesn’t have LTE yet.

      • EvanTheGamer

        What in the…………….

        • Droid4LifeDawg

          Yup, if you’re in NY w/Nexus and on Sprint you don’t have 4g or wimax, just slow 3g

          • EvanTheGamer

            Ouch! Man…that sucks.

      • Bsody

        Same here, waiting for the LTE rollout down I-80..

  • kretz7

    No, I wouldn’t buy it with 3G radios. I always have my gnex on me and if I really need to watch porn on a larger screen, I’ll just use it as a hotspot.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    i would consider there.

    3g is much more usable world wide. my other tablet (the TF201) is wifi only and although i tether domestically, my VZ phone won’t work over seas. So it is either buy a travel phone or a tab for remote data traveling.

    Chances are good that this will cost less than a travel phone (still use flip razr for travel)

  • Bauce40

    I don’t need a 3G Nexus 7, I get 4G LTE speeds on my Nexus 7 thanks to rooting my Galaxy Nexus and using it as a hotspot

    • JoshGroff

      I only get 3G, same method though. 🙂 Waiting for VZW to bring the 4G goodness.

    • Bionic_Pags

      ^^ This – except i use my Bionic… when the data works…

      • JoshGroff

        Are you on stock? I had no connectivity issues on either eclipse or liberty back when I had my Bionic.

    • jcorf

      Same here!

    • JoeTi

      Yep. Little use for a carrier branded 3g Nexus. Wi-Fi hotspot and you’re good to go.

    • Booyah


    • Benjamin Sicard

      Same here, except that, for now, it’s a rooted Kindle Fire running CM10 Jelly Bean tethered to my Galaxy Nexus. A Nexus 7(wifi only) will probably be the best Christmas present I’ve gotten myself in years.

    • 🙂

  • fauxshizzl

    Hasn’t it become obvious that all the tablets tied to carriers fail horribly?

    • JoshGroff

      I think they’ll have it GSM unlocked, but still, data connected tablets are a niche in a world where most people have smartphones or hotspots.

  • I just want a Nexus 10


    Who wants 3G, when we are living in a world of 4G LTE. Not even a mention of Faux G???

    • p_droid

      LTE isn’t even true 4G, you know…

      • You mean HSPA+ bud

        • Droidzilla

          None of the current “4G” technologies are 4G capable, by the original definition. That includes LTE, HSPA+, and WiMAX. They changed the definition for the protocol, so now LTE, HSPA+, and WiMAX are “technically” 4G. I prefer LTE over HSPA+, but don’t fall for the trap that LTE is 4G and HSPA+ is “faux G.” That’s just marketing crap.

      • It’s the closest thing there is, and it can theoretically be ramped up to true 4G speeds in the future.

    • Bitch plz………ever heard about india

  • Butters619

    I don’t really see the point here. It’s going to raise the price by $100 and be outdated technology. Think they should skip this one.

  • Before they make 3g nexus 7’s, they might wanna fix the butt-load of issues they are plagued with.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Like????? I couldn’t stop complaining when I first got my nexus…..but the N7 has no noticeable issues I’ve seen.

      • Go to XDA and go into the Nexus 7 thread and youll see all the people calling to get replacements. Screen Lifting, dead pixels, washed out screens, screen flickering, touch’s not registering. Its plagued. Im on my 3rd replacement.

        • Droid4LifeDawg

          I have two 8 & 16, guess I lucked out no problems at all.

        • quiklives

          I’m really sorry you’ve had trouble, sounds like a run of bad luck, and I’m not discounting the folks who are having trouble, but I don’t think “plagued” is the word. With, what was it, 8 million units sold or something, even .01% can fill up an xda forum. I know about 35 people with an N7 and not a single non-trivial complaint.

  • nightscout13

    If the price will go up $100 because of the 3G capability, then i will not buy. The cost for ASUS for a 3G radio will be like $2, why should we pay a $98 charge for a $2 item?

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      i read $8 for the radio with an expected increase of $20-$30 in pricing.

      For 100 extra, i would not buy either.

    • Pauli Nieminen

      All the patent royalty payments related to all GSM technologies makes it expensive piece of cheap hardware module.

  • ddevito

    Not needed. Running BB with free tethering on my GNex runs great. I hardly use my GNex these days. I even make phone calls with the N7 now.

    • JoshGroff

      How is BB compared to AOKP? I’ve considered trying it out, but AOKP is so solid. (and AOKP has free hotspot connectivity)

      • ddevito

        I’ve never used AOKP. BB is stock (stock kernel) with free tethering a few added extras (increased volume, etc). Runs great. I’ve always used Pete Alfonso’s ROMs, always very stable, always very fast.

        • jim

          what tethering app are you using

          • Dan Treacy

            Tethering is built into the ROM

          • jim

            im running paradigm 2.3, yes you all gave me hell for so long about not being rooted that you wore me down,so I did it, now foxfi wont work,not sure what to do

          • ddevito

            flash BB and run it natively.

          • jim

            i do have it built in, but its very slow compared for foxfi

          • ddevito

            none – it’s the built-in option in the Wi-Fi settings

        • jim

          are you using foxfi?

    • cheezer88

      what app do you use to make calls?