European retailers already selling LTE-enabled 2013 Nexus 7
It’s been a little over a month by now since Google first announced the new 2013 version of its Nexus 7 tablet. We’ve seen sales of the tablet begin, and have generally been pleased with the hardware. However, we still haven’t seen the complete new Nexus 7 picture, as Google has yet to get the ball rolling with sales of the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 – so far, it’s only been pushing the WiFi model. Back at launchtime, Google indicated that the LTE Nexus 7 would become available in a few weeks – so where is it? While Google itself is keeping quiet, some retailers in Europe have begun advertising the tablet for sale, and users jumping at the opportunity have already been able to get their hands on the hardware.
One lucky shopper took to Reddit to share news of his new LTE Nexus 7, bought in Germany from MediaMarkt. He initially placed an online order, but elected to pick it up in person. Apparently this year’s version of the tablet’s configured to enable WiFi tethering by default, and while the overall build quality is fine, the SIM tray itself is reportedly a bit flimsy.
With sales of this model now confirmed, we wonder when Google will similarly get around to making the LTE 2013 Nexus 7 available in the US.