3G/LTE model of Nexus 7 set for local sales
CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese consumers will soon be able to get their hands on the 3G/LTE model of the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet computer, as a local operator began taking preorders yesterday.
October 23, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., Taiwan's third-largest mobile carrier, said in a press release that consumers can register for preorders via the carrier Oct. 22-31 for the 7-inch device, which will go on sale Nov. 4 at NT$12,900 (US$440) for the 32GB 3G/LTE model.
Co branded by Google Inc. and Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc., the new Nexus 7 packs a full-HD display with a density of 323 pixels per inch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel rear camera and wireless charging function.
The Wi-Fi model of the device has already sold over 10,000 units in Taiwan since it went on sale in mid-September, according to Asustek.
Asustek launched the first Nexus 7 in June last year for US$199, in a move to take on Apple's popular iPad mini in the smaller tablet market.
The Taiwanese computer vendor, however, has been lowering its dependence on the Nexus 7 series while increasing sales of its own-branded tablets, particularly low-priced models, in case Google might end its partnership with Asustek in the future.
The preorders for the 3G/LTE Nexus 7 came ahead of Apple's expected unveiling of the regular 9.7-inch iPad 5 and the smaller iPad mini 2 in the United States, where analysts believe Apple will also release updated versions of the Mac Pro line of desktop computers anda new Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks.