3G Google Nexus 7 rumoured to be in production
04 Sep 2012
Could be on the shelves in six weeks
With the possibility of new Amazon Kindle Fire models and an iPad Mini before the festive season, Google perhaps feels under pressure to up its game as the market hots up. If rumours are correct, it could be looking to 3G to boost sales.
The latest whispers point to Asus building a 3G version of the hugely-successful Google Nexus 7 tablet. In fact, this isn't some vague speculation. If the 'insider' is correct, the 3G Nexus 7 could be on the shelves in a matter of weeks. Six weeks has been quoted, but we're not sure if that's a worldwide launch or strictly for the US. It is still likely to be a budget tablet, but the addition of 3G should bump up the price a little.
That insider also claims Asus has already started 'ramping up production' of a version of the Google Nexus 7 with 3G connectivity ahead of the launch, so we would expect some kind of announcement as we get into October. That's the rumoured launch date of the iPad Mini, with the 3G Nexus 7 perhaps being Google's 'spoiler'.
There is the small matter of networks to deal with (as we are talking data), which could hold up launches in various territories, the UK included. Despite increasing production right now, stock levels could also impact on launch dates.
So still a lot of uncertainty around the 3G model's arrival, much of which should start to unravel as the weeks pass. In the meantime, check out our review of the standard Google Nexus 7.
Source: Phone Arena