Google will bring a 3G capable edition of the Nexus 7 tablet next month, reports suggest, as it bids to cover all bases in what’s shaping up to be a bloody final few months of 2012 in the battle for tablet market share.
According to a “very well placed insider” cited by Japanese site MoDaCo, the search behemoth will start selling a mobile internet-enabled version of its slate in six weeks’ time. That works out at about October 15th.
Assuming that date is legit, it sets up a major showdown with the similarly proportioned, and we’re led to believe relatively similarly priced, iPad Mini, which is purported to be landing towards the end of October.
3G was omitted from the currently available iteration of the Google Nexus 7 in the name of keeping the asking price to a minimum. The addition of mobile internet ought to add between £30 and £40 to the cost of the tablet, suggesting it will still come in at under £200 for the entry-level version.
Leaks from the US, meanwhile, indicate that the iPad Mini will retail for between $249 and $299. Going by Apple’s standard dollars-to-pounds pricing model, that ought to equate to a minimum asking price of £249.