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Google prepares a Nexus 7 with 3G to compete with the iPad mini

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On June 27th, Google entered the tablet market with its 7-inch tablet called the Nexus 7, but initially only launched a WiFi model. The decision not to include mobile connectivity was widely criticized , as some critics pointed out that having only WiFi considerably reduced the usability of the tablet, even though it is possible to use the mobile data from the phone by using it as a wireless access point.

Google prepares a Nexus 7 with 3G to compete with the iPad mini
Google prepares a Nexus 7 with 3G to compete with the iPad mini

Google is governed by probable cost considerations (you know that it sells the Nexus 7 below cost price and compensates with content purchases in its Google Play store) . As we expected, the internet giant seems to be willing to offer a 3G variant of its tablet. The Nexus 7 3G is said to could arrive in mid-October , just in time for the Christmas holidays and to conveniently counter the introduction of Apple’s rumoured iPad mini.

Paul O’Brien of MoDaC informs that the Goliath Search and its hardware partner Asus, are already increasing production :

It is unclear whether the 3G version of the Nexus 7 will support only 3G HSPA+ connectivity or whether it will be 4G LTE.

Readers of Eagle-eyed were quick to point out that the early announcements did not take into account the lack of mobile connectivity. The ad for “Camping” shows some touching family bonding between a boy and his father who use their Nexus 7 to search for locations on Google Maps, to find their way through the woods using a digital compass, to get information on the web, and more.

As revealed at the end of the ad, father and son had not left their own backyard, so we could assume they were using their home’s WiFi connection.

Here’s another Nexus 7 ad posted last Friday on their YouTube channel:

This rumour comes at a time when Apple is expected to enter the market for low-cost, lighter and smaller tablets that dominate the low- and mid-range of the market.

The iPad mini rumours are backed up by photos of some mock-ups, a few leaks in the supply chain, a few leaked pieces and some web logging. All of which, apparently, indicates that Apple may be about to release the iPad mini.

It is believed that the mini will be presented in a keynote sometime in October and not on September 12th as was said at the beginning.

Are you interested in a Nexus 7 3G with HSPA+ or do you think that 4G LTE connectivity is the minimum that should be required today?

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