The media is abuzz that a 3G version of Google’s Nexus 7 tablet will soon be announced and will hit the market soon.
It is believed that under the hood nothing is expected to change about the tablet except the inclusion of a 3G radio, which would allow it to connect to cellular networks for data in situations where a Wi-Fi network is not available.
Apple is rumored to be announcing its own miniature tablet, dubbed “iPad mini” between mid-September and early October. If the speculation is true, then a 3G Nexus 7 launch in 6 weeks would likely put the tablet competing toe-to-toe against Apple’s newest offering.
Google launched the Nexus 7 at its developer’s conference in June. The 7-inch tablet has a 1280 x 800 display, NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 4 processor, and is one of the few devices on the market running the latest version of Google’s operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Currently only available in a Wi-Fi version, the 8GB version of the tablet costs $199, while the larger 16GB version is priced at $249.