When Google announced the Nexus 9, they advised that an LTE model would launch later this year. Now that the Wi-Fi model is officially on-sale, it seems that Google is making moves to get the LTE version certified and up for order soon, with a HTC tablet passing through the FCC overnight.
The tablet is one of two LTE models which Google announced, a US model with LTE bands common in the US, and an international model which would carry LTE bands more common elsewhere. The tablet which passed through the FCC last night included a lot of LTE bands, including LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 25, 26 and 41 but sadly missing out on the bands we would require to use the tablet on our 4G networks here – Bands 3 (1800MHz), 28 (700MHz) and 40 (2300MHz).
The tablet in the FCC also included GSM support offering 850/1900 frequencies as well as WCDMA bands 2, 4, and 5, which offer fairly limited support for Australia.
With that tablet now being tested, we can only hope that the international version will follow soon. The tablet will sell for AU$719 + Shipping when it launches here, so make sure you start saving.
Are you holding out for the LTE version of the Nexus 9?