Is a Google Nexus 7 with 3G joining the traffic jam of tablets?

The tablet wars are heating up, with new items from Samsung, Asus, Lenovo, Dell and others, and new Amazon Kindles and possibly an Apple iPad mini on tap. Now, Google may be taking its Nexus 7 tablet out of Wi-Fi confinement.

The Google Nexus 7
(Credit: Google)

Paul O'Brien of the tech site MoDaCo started a thread in a post on Saturday that Google will offer a 3G version of the Nexus 7 in about six weeks:

I love my Nexus 7, but I really wish there was a 3G version. Well, according to our very well-placed insider — my wish is about to be answered!

There's not a huge amount to say ... a 3G version of the Nexus 7 is coming, with no other hardware changes. Asus is currently ramping production in preparation for launch in around six weeks, with the exact launch date and territories still to be confirmed.

A Nexus 7 with 3G would make sense, expanding the reach of the tablet beyond Wi-Fi hotspots. This feature would be especially welcomed internationally, where there is more dependence on mobile connectivity.

Google is not commenting on the rumour.


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LTLsisaleo posted a comment   

The nexus 7 3g 32 gigjust came out saw it on jbhifi and good guys $367,369 respectively


arspoon posted a comment   

Can't you tether to a 3G phone with a Nexus 7?


JonathanC posted a reply   

Yep, this is what I do whenever I need internet on my N7 but I'm away from a wifi point, I'll use my phone (Galaxy Nexus) as a wifi hotspot and connect to that.


Chandler posted a reply   

Same here - didn't see the point in getting another telco plan just for data, and it's not like you need your tablet alway's connected.

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