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Google's Nexus 7 arrives in the UK, France, Spain, Germany

Google's new Asus-made Nexus 7 hits major European markets today starting at just over $300 for the 16GB wi-fi model.

Google's new Nexus 7 tablet is available from today in the UK, France, Germany and Spain, alongside price cuts for the Nexus 4 smartphone.

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Hands-on with the new high resolution Nexus 7 (Gallery)

Google's Nexus 7 was made available early and many of us were able to pick one up at Best Buy, Staples, and other local retailers. The Nexus 7 is a major improvement over the 2012 model.

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In the UK, consumers can buy the Asus Nexus 7 directly through Google's Play store, or through retailers Currys PC World, Amazon, Tesco, Argos and John Lewis. The 16GB Nexus 7 model with wi-fi costs £199 ($308), while the 32GB wi-fi device will set buyers back £239 ($370). Prices are currently consistent at all outlets, although Argos has not listed the device yet.

In France, Germany and Spain, the 16GB Nexus 7 costs €229 ($306) and the 32GB device is priced at €269 ($349). As usual, prices in Europe are higher than in the US, where the 16GB and 32GB devices costs $229 and $269 respectively.

Released in the US in July, the 290g 7-inch tablet ships with Android 4.3, Jelly Bean, and has a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen with an 178-degree viewing angle, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, wireless charging and dual-band wi-fi.

The 32GB LTE version is slated for release in the US for $349, but is yet to go on sale. Prices and availablility for Europe have not been released yet, though when it does, the Nexus 7 will support LTE networks operating on 800, 850, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100, and 2600MHz spectrum.

Meanwhile, Nexus 4 prices in the UK have been cut to £159 from £239 for the 8GB version, and £199 from £279 for the 32GB version.