Nexus 7 (2013) LTE Shows Up in Germany and Italy, Featuring Native WiFi Hotspot Using a Micro SIM

There are plenty of people out there anxiously awaiting to get their hands on the LTE version of the new Nexus 7. We know there's a LTE version out there and its set to go on sale sometime this year. We also know that it's unlocked and will work on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile's LTE network. We've heard that the LTE version would go on sale in the US in mid-September. But it appears that the LTE version has already gone on sale in Germany and Italy and some lucky people have gotten their hands on them.

There's a lucky German buyer that was able to pick up his preorder from MediaMarkt in Hannover, Germany today. The MediaMarkt German site does list the device for â‚¬349. The device is pretty much what you'd expect. The same 7-inch 1920x1200 resolution display, same Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, same 2GB of RAM, along with Android 4.3. The user has said that the SIM card slot is a bit flimsy, but otherwise the build quality is quite good and on par with the WiFi version. It is shipping with build JSR78D our of the box, which gets a quick update to JSS15J as soon as you boot it up. Currently, the WiFi Nexus 7 is sitting at build JSS15Q, so not that far off.

The owner of this LTE Nexus 7 also says that the device comes with native WiFi hotspot functionality. Which wasn't on the HSPA+ Nexus 7 2012. It's quite surprising to see it on this year's model compared to it missing from last years.

MediaMarkt in Germany isn't the only place selling the LTE Nexus 7 2013, there are some Italian retiailers, Redcoon and ASUS Store, who are selling the device. They are also asking the same price as MediaMarkt â‚¬349.

Hopefully this means that we'll see it go on sale in the US sometime soon. I know I'd love to get my hands on the LTE Nexus 7. Although I'm still loving the WiFi only Nexus 7 2013. Even though they are pretty much the same device. How many of you are anxious for the LTE Nexus 7?

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