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There are some Android fans who are positively frothing at the mouth to get their hands on the LTE version of the new Nexus 7. While Google hasn't given an exact date for wide availability, the device is starting to appear for sale in some European markets. Surely it can't be long now.

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One lucky German buyer was able to pick up his preorder from MediaMarkt in Hannover, Germany earlier today. The MediaMarkt German site does indeed list it for sale at €349. The device is more or less what you'd expect. The SIM slot is said to be a little flimsy, but the build is otherwise the same as the WiFi version. It ships with Android build JSR78D out of the box, but gets a quick update to JSS15J. The WiFi Nexus 7 is currently on the very similar JSS15Q. The proud owner also reports the device includes Android's native WiFi hotspot functionality, which was not included in the 2012 N7 with HSPA+.

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2013-08-28 12_20_22-Buy Asus Google Nexus 7 32GB LTE Tablets online at Media Markt 2013-08-28 12_20_48-TABLET - Asus Google Nexus 7 (2013) 32GB Wi-Fi   4G LTE _ AVAILABLE _

In addition to unofficial German availability, the Italian retailers Redcoon and Asus Store look to be shipping the device. Just like MediaMarkt, these sites are asking €349. It might be smart to watch for the LTE Nexus 7 to pop up for sale through some unexpected retail channel in the US.

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[Reddit, TabletBlog, TuttoAndroid]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Germany's market actually got a new Device at first. :) Nice, I could get used to this. ;)

  • Cory_S

    Anyone know if the battery is any bigger?

    • Thomas’

      Compared to?
      N7 2013 has a slightly smaller battery than the 2012 one.

      • Cory_S

        To the 2013 WiFi version...being the LTE radio probably uses more power than WiFi.

        • Thomas’

          I'm afraid it's the same size. Though on a device of this size, the display is probably by far the biggest consumer.

          • Cory_S

            Which is why a larger battery to compensate for both of those would be awesome :) My GS3 has a battery almost twice the size of this...granted it's a 7500 mah zero lemon though :P

  • CoreRooted

    This is the only thing holding me back from the N7. I've been dying to get the LTE version. I have a sim card and line just [im]patiently waiting for it.

  • eliseo

    And in Italy we haven't got the Google Play Store Devices....

  • Philipp

    Redcoon, Media Markt and Saturn are all stores of one company, Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH (Metro) , so it is basically just one company selling them besides ASUS. My N7 LTE just shipped from Media Markt.

  • Markus

    Where are you getting your information from? Maybe you should verify... The N7 2013 32GB WIFI/LTE was announced 2 weeks ago and available for pre-order at Media Markt and Saturn. The sale officially started yesterday. Just the play store is not selling it yet as Google tried to ease the selling by spreading the sale to the largest resellers in Germany.

  • David