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Nexus 7 3G On Its Way, Here Goes iPad Mini’s Advantage

When the iPad Mini was officially announced Phil Schiller was bragging that the Apple tablet is capable of connecting to cellular networks to get internet access, while its main competitor Nexus 7 “and Android tablet” is limited to WiFi connections. Well, Mr. Phil, I’ll have you know that Google is readying a Nexus 7 model with 3G capabilities.

An FCC filling has revealed that a Nexus 7 with 3G connectivity is in the works, showing us that Google and ASUS are ready to take the battle against the Cupertino giant to another level by offering an upgraded Nexus 7.

We all know that Google has scheduled an event for Monday, October 29th, and I am expecting it to be a pretty special press conference. Rumor has it that the Mountain View-based company will unveil the next-gen Nexus smartphone, unofficially dubbed LG Nexus 4, a Nexus 7 model with 32 GB of internal storage, and a 10-inch Nexus tablet co-developed with Samsung. And now it seems that we will see a Nexus 7 WiFi + 3G, as well.

As about the Nexus 7 32 GB, this model was already shipped to two lucky customers, one in Japan and another one in US, apparently by mistake and at the same price as the 16 GB model.

Returning to the FCC filling, it confirms the existence of a ME370TG tablet, which is the codename of Nexus 7, plus the letter “G” at the end, suggesting that the already-popular slate will receive 3G capabilities.

I am reminding you that Nexus 7 comes pre-loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and that it sports a 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels and Gorilla Glass protection.

The Google tablet is underpinned by an nVidia Tegra 3 chipset based on four Cortex A9 cores at 1.3 GHz and helped by a ULP GeForce GPU with 12-core graphics. Nexus 7 also comes with 1 GB of RAM, 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, microUSB, 3.5 mm audio jack and a front-facing 2 megapixel camera for HD video calls.

It would be interesting to see a Nexus 7 with 32 GB of internal memory and 3G support priced $350. It would be a killer product on the US market. But I won’t rush into conclusions and I will wait until next Monday and see what Google prepared for us. I am also curious whether Nexus 7 will run Android 4.2 out of the box once the new version is officially announced.