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Nexus 7 LTE Breaks Cover as Release Approaches

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The Nexus 7 LTE, which was promised for the near future by Google back in late July, still hasn’t made its way to shelves. However, the device has seemingly broken cover in China ahead of its eventual release in the United States.

In late July, after months of rumors, Google finally debuted the new Nexus 7, a device that it has simply dubbed Nexus 7. The device, which has been available on the Google Play Store and elsewhere since before its official July 30th release date, is a big upgrade over the original Nexus 7. One of the biggest improvements is the inclusion of 4G LTE data speeds which replace the slower HSPA+ data speeds found on the older model.

Read: Nexus 7 LTE Release Date Weeks Away.

This is the Nexus 7 LTE has appeared in the wild.

This is the Nexus 7 LTE has appeared in the wild.

Problem is, the Nexus 7 LTE isn’t out yet. At the launch event, Google promised the device for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the “coming weeks.” We’ve heard that the Nexus 7 LTE will arrive in Italy, and possibly elsewhere, in September, and it appears that the device has made an appearance before its upcoming release date in markets around the world.

The Nexus 7 LTE has made what appears to be a surprise appearance in China as a user on Baidu, courtesy of Android Police, has posted a number of photos showing off an LTE-capable Nexus 7. The device appears to be authentic and apparently arrived in place of a Wi-Fi only model that was purchased for about $331.

The Nexus 7 LTE release date has been pegged for September in Italy.

The Nexus 7 LTE release date has been pegged for September in Italy.

The device isn’t capable of utilizing 4G LTE because China Telecom doesn’t support it but it’s pretty clear that if the device were to have a capable network, it could run LTE.

This is a sign that the Nexus 7 LTE is a real device and that it could be arriving on shelves, somewhere, soon. Again, Asus Italy confirmed the device’s arrival in that region for September but other regions have yet to see confirmation.

The Nexus 7 2 is only available in Wi-Fi at the moment.

The Nexus 7 2 is only available in Wi-Fi at the moment.

The United States will more than likely be among the first regions to get the $350 Nexus 7 LTE and when it does, the device will be compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Users only need to use the correct SIM card.

Google’s Nexus 7 LTE only comes in 32GB form with Google, for now, opting not to offer a 16GB model.

3 Comments

  1. juanjo

    08/14/2013 at 5:10 pm

    Phone calls available?

    • rattlers

      08/19/2013 at 5:06 pm

      no

  2. Techno-Man

    08/15/2013 at 8:35 am

    Hmmm…China? Maybe a reference unit or KIRF? I think I would have to call shenanigans on this one.

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