Nexus 7 3G rumoured to arrive in six weeks

News Paul Briden 12:18, 3 Sep 2012

Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet will re-launch with 3G in a matter of weeks

Google could be hard at work on a 3G enabled version of its popular Nexus 7 tablet, if rumours are to be believed.

According to tech news site MoDaCo’s ‘well placed insider’ a 3G capable Nexus 7 is on the way, with no other changes to the hardware than the ability to handle mobile data.

The report also says that although a precise launch date and availability haven’t been decided, the plan is for the product to launch in six weeks time and Asus is reportedly producing a lot more units this time to avoid shortages.

So, if you were thinking of grabbing a Nexus 7 you may want to hold fire for a little while. The Nexus 7’s compact size makes it ideal for using it on the move but the addition of 3G will take this usefulness to a higher level.

We haven’t seen anything about pricing yet but it’s plausible the tech required to enable 3G might bump the price up a little, but at the same time we think Google is quite pleased with the price tag that has made the Nexus 7 such a fast-selling slate and we don’t expect it to be substantially more expensive, if at all.

Of course, 3G connectivity opens up the whole carrier network dimension and we wouldn’t be surprised to see UK networks arranging contract deals for the 7-inch Google tablet.

We’ll bring you more as we hear it.

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