Maybe you've been itching to drop $349 on the LTE-equipped Nexus 7, but Google just won't take your filthy money. A Nexus buyer in China seems to have gotten one without even trying. A user of the online community Baidu Tieba who goes by "crazyfreely" recently posted that he spent 2,030 yuan (about $331) expecting to get the new WiFi-only Nexus 7. What he actually received appears to be the LTE version of the device.

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The information has shown up on a few Chinese websites, so this is all a rough Google translation of the situation. Even if the details are still murky, the pictures pretty definitively show off the LTE Nexus 7. The status bar shows mobile data running, though it was stuck on EDGE until a restart. It's running on China Unicom, which uses 2100MHz HSPA+ (no LTE available). The huge number of pictures make this one seem pretty legit. There's even a screen of the system info.

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So the takeaway is that this device exists. It is real and presumably you will be able to buy one soon.


[Baidu Tieba – Thanks, Eric]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Jooyoung Hong

    the phone he's holding.. isnt that a moto x?

    • Jacob Dagenais

      Looks like it which means he probably works for Google and is lying bout getting the wrong model and just bought from the warehouse or was given it by somebody higher up in Google

      • http://www.tylerwatt12.com/ Tyler Watthanaphand

        It's not a moto x, It's some other phone. look at the headphone jack placement, the lack of speaker and the design on the back

      • http://theproofstation.com/ Joe Young

        not a moto X because the reflection shows the buttons on the wrong side.

    • JasonAriesFreedom

      MX 2

  • Nabeel Farooqui

    From where do the Chinese get their hands on these things?

    • silver_arrow

      "Made in China"

      • Nabeel Farooqui


  • screwdriver

    i dont buy into the fact that he paid for that, someone slipped out a finished product of still in the make mystery

    • Mike Reid

      Mighta been a mistake.

      Or more likely, some employee "disappeared" it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Does it reboot like the WiFi model? I had to return it because of that.

  • Qbancelli

    I was gonna wait for this but jumped on the wifi only version.
    Tethering my N4 with unlimited data.

  • Dillon Shepherd

    Enjoy your LTE! Too bad the GPS and multi-touch don't work :/

  • js

    Must have nicked one from the factory.

  • AndroidMad

    well, i read thru his post, he said this model does not support any 3G/WCDMA and only using the 2G/edge from his telco..

  • fredric

    My internet connection never worked unless H+ is shown instead of 3G, I'm not subscribed to any 4G network, and it's still slow!

    If anybody could provide an answer, you'd make my day.

  • Peter

    please tell me this will evolve into the fonepad 2013. That would be incredible.

  • anonymous

    how you tease, asus.