Last month, Microsoft received the FCC approval for a “portable computing device” that features Surface like 10.6-inch display as well as LTE and HSPA data connectivity, which clearly hinted the imminent arrival of Surface 2 with 4G LTE connectivity.
Today, WPCentral reported that new units of Surface 2 with LTE are being shipped to the Microsoft retail stores. According to the report, the 64GB version of Surface 2 with LTE will be available for $679, clearly $130 costlier than the Wi-Fi only version.
However, AT&T is expected to offer the device on contract at a lower price tag. Although, none of the companies haven’t confirmed about the pricing and availability of the device yet.
Vice President of Surface Panos Panay promised the arrival of Surface with LTE in last year while responding one of the participant during a post launch event Reddit AMA session.
“Why was LTE not included on neither Surface nor Surface Pro?” asked one participant. “Great question,” Panay replied. “We didn’t talk about it today, but Surface 2 will be launching an awesome LTE SKU early next year!
Currently, Surface 2 is available with Wi-Fi connectivity only that clearly gives an extra edge to the competitors, especially when compared with Apple iPads. Well, this limitation may be overcome shortly. The new Surface will support 850/900/1800/1900 2G bands, 3G UMTS (bands 1, 2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17). In this way, the Redmond giant would be expecting better competition against Apple, Samsung and other rivals that operate this market segment.
Microsoft is expected unveil the new Windows devices along side Windows 8.1 Sprint 2014 update and Windows Phone 8.1 during its annual BUILD 2014 developer conference, to be held in San Francisco from April 2 to 4.