On Friday, a new FCC filing surfaced for the new Nexus 7. Or at least what we are assuming is the new Nexus 7. It’s model number K009 and has been pretty popular subject over the past few weeks. There was also a Bluetooth SIG file found for this device, plus most of the specs for the new 7-inch Google slate have all been confirmed now including LTE support.
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Brian Klug from AnandTech discovered through some extra digging through the FCC filing something that we’ve never seen before. What are we talking about? That would be multi-band LTE support. The new Nexus 7 is said to support Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE network. It looks like Sprint customers are left out this time. The test report shows that the FCC tested the new Nexus 7 on LTE bands 2,4,5,13 and 17. T-Mobile uses Band 4 which is also known as AWS. Verizon is on band 13 and AT&T on band 17. So we’ve got 3 of the major US carriers covered as far as LTE goes. Unfortunately Sprint uses band 25 which was not shown in this filing.
So what exactly does this mean? Well Verizon might get a Nexus device after all. Because the Nexus 7 doesn’t need CDMA support (for calling/texting) Google can through the Nexus 7 on Verizon’s LTE network and not have to worry about Verizon messing with the updates. Like they did with the Galaxy Nexus last year. It’ll just mean that on Verizon you either have LTE or nothing. While AT&T and T-Mobile will have HSPA+ to back up their LTE markets. But Verizon has LTE in enough places now that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
You can see all the information from the FCC report here in this article from the various pictures. We aren’t an FCC expert, but it looks like Google has made a multi-band LTE device. But we won’t know for sure until Google announces it. Whenever that will be.