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New Nexus 7 Equipped With LTE Hits Japan Mid-September, Could U.S. Expect the Same?

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Today, Google announced that the LTE-equipped variant of the new Nexus 7 would hit Japanese markets in mid-September. Interestingly enough, Google still has yet to give US markets an official timeframe for the device’s release on our shores. According to the press release that was snagged by Japan’s Ameblo, the tablet will support four different wireless carriers, much like what we are expecting here in the States

It is still unofficial which American carriers will support the new Nexus 7’s LTE radios, but from what we have seen in FCC filings, we could be looking at support for T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Once Google gives us more info on the device’s release, that can all finally be confirmed.

Have you already picked up a new Nexus 7 or are you waiting for the LTE-equipped version?

Via: Ameblo

  • frankkatz

    Does anyone use their tablet as their only phone?

  • LionStone

    I got the Blurex Ultra Slim Case, someone here suggested…(thanks!) I like it, supposed to be able to use wireless charger through the case, have not confirmed that yet but I did use NFC with the case on and it works fine through the leather. The NFC also is improved on the new version N7, not as hit our miss like on the first one, much better. I don’t care to pay the extra $ for the LTE version as it’s not necessary for me.

  • coolsilver

    Give me time to save and throw that thing into my hands.

  • ddevito

    What is the point in having this version if it doesn’t backdrop to 3G/CDMA?!

    • John

      thats what Im wondering too…I mean verizon in my area (ymmv) is fantastic. I get 4g lte in the middle of a steel and concrete building but I still see my gs3 drop to 3g from time to time while living life. Not having anything at all after dropping would be very bad for an always on connected device. same goes with the future I guess in VOlte or whatever lte only is called.

  • Android Convert

    My friend just bought the new N7 yesterday and loves it so far. He used to be an apple fanboy, but now he has an Ipad mini sitting at home idle.

  • mcdonsco

    I’m just wondering when the non LTE U.S. version will actually work?

    • mrjackson

      It does work just fine after the recent update last week. GPS and touch sensor issues are resolved.

  • Flat_Stanley

    Can anyone comment on practicality of LTE vs WiFi version? Like, if you bought LTE, do you regret paying the extra money? Likewise with Wifi.

    • TheOiulkj

      With the wifi version, you can always just hotspot your phone and jump on that for data. The LTE version is probably just more convenient and of course doesn’t eat your phone’s battery if you plan to use it for longer periods of time.

      I’ve found that it’s very rare for me to be somewhere that doesn’t have wifi, so there are only special occasions, like when I’m on the road, when I’d find LTE useful. And when that happens, I hotspot or just use my phone. I don’t personally think that LTE is worth any extra money just for those rare times you might need it. But if you plan to use data a lot when out and about and know you won’t be around wifi spots, then it will probably be worth dropping the extra cash for the LTE model.

    • psuturtle

      I bought the wifi only version, and am having no regrets so far. If you need LTE, just tether it to your phone (assuming you have one). I had no need to have an “everywhere” connection for a device I don’t carry with me everywhere….so tethering will work just fine for me when I need the tablet and there’s no free wifi around.

    • LionStone

      WiFi only always for me. The places I go cafe’s, coffee shops, etc, all have free WiFi & WiFi at the house. Anytime I need to, I hotspot from the phone. The LTE version is an extra luxury and the higher cost is for convenience too. If it’s necessary for work, then it may be worth the extra cost.

  • mcdonsco

    I’m just wondering when the non LTE U.S. version will actually work?

  • me

    I just got a nexus 7 and cannot get connected to my homes WiFi. Keep getting “authentication” error…. I am entrreing the password correctly… so what gives?? Anybody have any suggestions???

    • Jack3D

      Change wi-fi channels on your router. Asus devices are notorious for not supporting the higher channels.

    • coolsilver

      Check your WMM settings and Channel not set to Auto on the router.

  • MichaelFranz

    i could see this being announced with KLP (5.0 or whatever) a new Nexus 4/5 and/or a new Nexus 10 right before holiday season

  • CasperTFG

    Waiting for the LTE before making a decision:

    LTE Nexus 7
    Note III
    Xperia Z Ultra
    One Max
    Nexus ‘5’

    The NOVA is too far off in Jan/Feb 14′ to wait.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      That ULTRA IS O…D! . . . .

    • Justin W

      I used to be dead set on getting N7 LTE as my next device – now I’m thinking Note III so I have at least one decent camera with me at all times. We’ll see tomorrow

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Haven’t pulled the trigger yet…. Might get the LTE model if it comes soon.

  • Jacob Dagenais

    Uncertain which carriers? They said T-Mobile AT&T and Verizon (LTE only) at the launch party…

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    • CasperTFG

      Damn straight.