Google’s Nexus 7 tablet has been a big hit, due in no small part to its affordable price point. Sure, $200 is still pretty far from impulse buy territory, but it’s a whole lot more attractive than when we start talking about tablets that can cost more than a new TV.
Google and ASUS found plenty of ways to keep costs so low, like forgoing the tablet’s rear camera. Obviously, having it arrive WiFi-only, with neither the added expense of cellular hardware nor the specter of a lengthy service contract also played a considerable role. Are there users, though, who would willingly pay a bit more for the convenience of an always-connected 3G Nexus 7? We may be about to find out this fall, upon the rumor that such a tablet will land sometime in mid-October.
As far as frequency support, the possibility of LTE connectivity, and the ultimate effect on the Nexus 7’s price tag, these rumors leave us guessing for now. Is this even something you’d be interested in, or are you totally happy just tethering your Nexus 7 to your smartphone’s cellular connection when you’re out on the go?