The LTE version of the refreshed Nexus 7 is now available in Canada for $349.
Google launched the second generation of its tablet, the Nexus 7 (2013), on July 24, along with the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system. The Wi-Fi only model of the refreshed Nexus 7 made its way to Google Play store (Canada) in mid-August. Now Canadian customers can also buy the LTE version of the tablet directly from the Google Play store.
In April 2012, Google launched the original Nexus 7, which became the first device to feature the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system straight out of the box. The Nexus 7 gained high-popularity in the tablet community and was received well by both tablet enthusiasts and tech gurus alike. Google will hope that the new Nexus 7 gets the same or better reception when compared to its predecessor.
"In addition to dual-band WiFi, the device is loaded with pentaband HSPA+ support, which includes WIND and Mobilicity, along with LTE support for Rogers, Bell, TELUS and their subsidiaries. The device comes unlocked and should only require purchasing a SIM card from your carrier and registering it, either with a tablet data plan or, if subscribed to one of the new share plans, adding it to your account," reports Mobile Syrup.
The LTE version of the new Nexus 7 is only available in a 32GB storage option and has a retail price of $349. The LTE model of the tablet was also launched in the U.S. recently and it bears the same price tag of $349 in the country.
The new Nexus 7 is definitely a step up compared to the original version and packs in top-end hardware specifications. The new tablet may become a popular device in the smaller-sized tablet arena. However, the new Nexus 7 could face stiff competition from the iPad mini 2, which is expected to launch in October this year.
The Google Play store is offering free shipping for the new Nexus 7 in Canada and the tablet ships in only 1-2 business days.
If you are looking to buy a new tablet will you buy the new Nexus 7 or wait for the launch of iPad mini 2?