The Nexus 7 (2013) not only brings quite a few impressive improvements over the original, but also will be the first Nexus tablet to feature LTE support.
While Google never officially stated if the LTE variant would launch outside of North America, it was assumed by many that it would end up arriving at the very least in Europe. This was further ‘confirmed’ by the new Nexus 7’s specifications page, which originally listed LTE bands for the upcoming European version of the Nexus 7 (2013). Unfortunately the listing has now been updated, and now it appears that European consumers will only be getting HSPA+ support after all.
It’s very possible that Google NEVER had plans to release the Nexus 7 with LTE in Europe, and that this latest specs update could simply be correcting a prior typo/error. There’s also the chance that something changed in Google’s plans that is preventing them from releasing an LTE model right away.
Regardless, this is more than a little disappointing for those that were impatiently waiting for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE model. Here’s to hoping that a European LTE model is still on its way, even if it ends up launching sometime after the HSPA+ only version.
For those in Europe, does this at all affect your plans to buy the Nexus 7 (2013)?