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.

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[Baidu Tieba – Thanks, Eric]