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Google, Asus to release a 3G version of Nexus 7

Although there’s no doubt that the Nexus 7 is a sexy and powerful machine, it also has its fair share of drawbacks which includes the lack of support for 3G connectivity.

However, it’s been speculated that the Google-ASUS partnership is working on a 3G version of the quad-core tablet which is due in 6 weeks.

If this rumor is to be believed, then the additional feature will lure in more potential buyers that were hesitant to buy the slate because of the lack of mobile data connection. You can check out our full review of the Nexus 7 here.

Of course this added functionality is expected to add a couple of bucks to its affordable price tag. So are you willing shell out an extra grand or two for a 3G-enable Nexus 7?

{via Yahoo!}

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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16 Responses

  1. Phillip says:

    what we need is an SD card slot

  2. John says:

    Ah yes !! Will be buying it as soon as the 3G version is released. I always travel… And school has shitty wifi.

  3. Mike S. says:

    I would buy as well, pero hopefully they’ll also add rear camera.

  4. Infolikers says:

    Yes I will, if it’s in Yugadeals!

  5. Calvin says:

    yes i will, if the difference is just a couple of bucks like you predicted.. that’s roughly + 85 pesos only.

  6. ceegii63 says:

    prices point to $316 for the 3G version of the 16gb so my 1st Tablet will be the 3G N7

  7. Pipo says:

    Doesn’t make a difference. I am buying the non-3G variant, but what it could have needed was a microSD slot. I can always tether to my phone anyway.

  8. milo says:

    i like to get one na pero kasi wala pang available sa local market…i saw one sa 4th floor ng market market…pagbalik ko…ubos na raw… :(

  9. chinitoguy says:

    I used to consider the Google Nexus 7 in my shortlist of my favorite tablets. Up to this day I still don’t own a tablet. I find it useful especially for my requirements and at work since the Apple iPad was introduced. But since I don’t like Apple I waited for a worthy Android tablet to come out. Samsung had the Galaxy Tab but it lacks that zippy interface the iPad have.

    Although Samsung introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 and new line of Galaxy Tabs I’m still looking for that true blue Android goodness. I was happy when Google Nexus 7 came out but got dismayed when I found out about the lack of 3G connectivity. This is some good news for me.

    I’m seriously considering the upcoming Windows 8 tablets from OEMs like Acer, Asus, and Samsung. I heard Nokia is coming out with a tablet too. As for Android I’m seriously considering a phablet like Samsung Galaxy Note II because it is more portable and has an excellent 5.5 inch screen. Now a Nexus 7 with 3G is coming out, its going to be hard for me to choose between these gadgets. Sakit sa ulo indeed!

  10. shryock says:

    I like the Nexus 7, but I just hope that before they released a new 3G version, they should have fixed all the existing hardware issues of the WiFi only N7. Screen lifting, undetectable thru PC, and not charging while on Android mode, are just a few.

    Minadali kasi yung production, kaya ang baba nang quality. Sana hindi na to maulit sa 3G N7.

  11. Boy Butet says:

    The specs of N7 are really good but too bad, too many complaints already with regards to its screen, mine had an issue also but its minor for me and it doesnt bother my day to day usage of the device, so if a 3g version would come out, Ill have to sell my tab asap for the 3g one.

  12. wreek888 says:

    Sad this nexus will not be release here locally as per Asus MOA, they will concentrate on their Transformer pad. So i guess we will just rely on the grey market.

  13. Bryan says:

    Halleloo on this one!

  14. King says:

    Anyone experiencing the screen lift issue of Nexus 7?

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