4G LTE Version of Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet Nears Release
After its debut in Japan, businesses in Europe can get their hands on the 4G LTE-connected version of Surface 3 in the next few days. The U.S. will follow.The mobile broadband-enabled version of Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet is making its way to the United States and other countries in the coming weeks after a brief, two-week stint in Japan. "We're happy to announce Surface 3 (4G LTE) will become available to business customers through the first partner operators on July 3 in Germany and the United Kingdom, and later, in France and Spain," Brian Hall, general manager of Microsoft Surface, said in a July 1 announcement. Participating carriers include Deutsche Telekom, Orange Business Services, O2 and Movistar. Explaining why businesses are getting the 4G LTE-capable Windows tablet first, Hall reported seeing "particular excitement for our LTE-enabled Surface 3 with businesses and their sales forces, which is why this initial announcement is focused on business availability. We're already hearing from customers that have deployed Surface Pro 3 that sellers are saving hours per week in many cases." Two configurations are being made available for business customers, one packing 64GB of storage and the other 128GB. Both ship with 4GB of RAM and run Windows 8.1 Professional, with a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches July 29. Among the operating system's many new enhancements is Continuum, an adaptive mode-switching feature for tablets and two-in-ones.
After the device starts appearing in offices and cubicles, consumers will get a crack at it. Sometime after the device starts appearing in European offices and cubicles, U.S. businesses and consumers will get a crack at it.