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THE 4G VERSION of the new Nexus 7 tablet has gone up for pre-order from O2 priced at £320, with devices set to arrive on 13 September. But 4G access won't be switched on until the end of 2013.
Eager beavers can preorder the 32GB Google tablet from today, 29 August until 4pm on 11 September via the O2 website to ensure that they receive their tablet on shipping day. To entice buyers, the mobile operator is also offering to throw in a £29.99 tablet case with all pre-orders. The 4G model comes with a SIM and a one-off 2GB of free data, which runs out after 30 days.
But you'll have to wait to take advantage of high-speed mobile access on your Nexus 7, as O2 has confirmed to us that 4G will only be available on tablets by the end of 2013. This is because 4G data plans aren't confirmed yet, so between 13 September and the end of the year users will have to resort to slower 3G speeds.
O2 also plans to soon start selling a WiFi-only version of the Nexus 7 priced at £249.99. However, Google is already selling the 32GB WiFi-only Nexus 7 for £239 from its Play store.
On Wednesday, Google released the new Nexus 7 via its Google Play store. The 16GB model will set you back £199, while the 32GB version costs £239. Both models are WiFi only, and are set to wing their way to eager buyers within one or two days after an order is placed. There's no reference to a 4G model on the Google Play store at present.
Improving on the original Google Nexus 7, the new Nexus 7 features a higher resolution 7in 1920x1200 HD display with 323ppi pixel density.
The high-end specifications continue throughout, with the new Nexus 7 boasting a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Google's latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is an incremental update, but it delivers a handful of new features. These include multi-user support with restricted profiles, support for Bluetooth Smart technology and OpenGL ES 3.0 support.
Software aside, the new Nexus 7 also improves on its predecessor with dual 5MP and 1.2MP cameras, as the original featured just a front-facing camera. The internal storage capacity rises from 8GB and 16GB to 16GB and 32GB models, and there's also virtual surround sound and an improved battery that Google claims can handle up to nine hours of HD video. The tablet is also 2mm thinner than last year's model and 50g lighter.
For all the latest pricing and availability details, check out our new Nexus 7 release date, price and where to buy roundup. µ
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