New Nexus 7 To Support LTE On Verizon, AT&T And T-Mobile

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On Friday, June 14, an FCC filing for the new Nexus 7 began circulating online, suggesting the tablet’s launch date was getting pretty close. After some extra digging, new information is emerging about the device, including its support for LTE on almost all of the major carriers in the U.S.

Whilst looking through the FCC report, Brian Klug of Anandtech discovered that the new Nexus device would provide users with multi-band LTE support for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. That’s something I dont think we have ever seen before in a smartphone, let alone a tablet.

The FCC test reports show that the new Nexus 7 was tested on LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, and 17. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile all have links to some band 4 LTE spectrum. T-Mobile’s LTE service primarily runs off of band 4. The majority of Verizon’s LTE network runs through band 13, while AT&T mainly runs through band 17.

It looks like its bad news for Sprint customers, though, as it doesn’t look like the new Nexus 7 will support band 25, which is the main band that Sprint’s LTE service operates through.

We’re not really sure what all of this actually means at this point, but it’s pretty big considering the original Nexus 7 hit the market in 3 models: WiFi only, T-Mobile HSPA+, and AT&T HSPA+.

The new model of the Nexus 7 seems to run on GSM1900 and GSM850 when not connected to an LTE service, which is commonly known as AT&T and T-Mobile’s GSM bands. However, T-Mobile is reframing its GSM1900 bands for HSPA+ so we don’t know if this will affect connectivity.

According to the FCC testing application form, the new Nexus 7 will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, LTE connectivity, Adreno graphics, front-and rear- facing cameras, and a 4,000mAh battery.