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Microsoft Surface 2 with LTE connectivity has been passed through the FCC. The tablet is expected to arrive sometime in 2014.

Passing of the Surface 2 through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) isn’t news itself, but the first signs of an impending arrival of the tablet with 4G LTE connectivity and also brings us one step closer to release.

Today, the Windows RT 8.1 tablet by Microsoft is available with Wi-Fi only on the market. Until now, it was a distinct disadvantage compared to the rivals, especially Apple’s iPad. Well! The limitation may be overcome shortly.

According to the documents filed by the U.S. giant at FCC, the new tablet has been tested with Windows RT 8.1 and will likely replace the Surface 2 without any hike of price while there is no plans to update the Surface Pro 2 thus far.

“Windows RT will…be a strong platform for tablets that come with 3G/4G capability,” Microsoft said to CNET last year, and it’s in line with the recent developments.

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During an AMA on Reddit, the Surface team promised that the Surface product would have LTE connectivity. Hence, everything seems to be almost ready and soon the Surface users will rejoice an ultra-fast Internet connection.

Microsoft’s Panos Panay anticipated earlier that AT&T would bring the Surface 2 with LTE in the United States while Microsoft had partnered with Vodafone for European region and other countries.

Most likely the announcement may come at the annual BUILD developer conference in San Francisco this April. In addition to that, the Redmond giant could also unveil the Surface mini with LTE.

Source: FCC via Engadget

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