Google to launch 3G Nexus 7 in ‘six weeks’

September 3, 2012

Citing a “well placed insider” for the tip, tech blog MoDaCo says that Nexus 7 manufacturer Asus is looking to launch the new model “in around six weeks”. The source didn’t have any details on how much this particular model will cost, or if it will offer 8GB or 16GB of memory.

The Nexus 7 has generally been well received since it launched in June. One of the few complaints has been the lack of cellular connectivity, an issue which Google surprisingly shrugged off when it recently advertised the Nexus 7 as being ideal for outdoor activities like camping.

Today's news could indicate that Google is gearing up for war with Amazon and Apple, in the anticipation that both of the Kindle Fire 2 and iPad Mini will offer cellular connectivity.

Amazon is expected to launch its second Kindle Fire later this week, with reports differing over whether the tablet will be 3G or WiFi-only. Meanwhile, Apple’s highly-anticipated iPad Mini looks set to debut in October, possibly for around $299. It is not yet known if that price will include 3G as well as WiFi connectivity.

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