Microsoft Surface 2 LTE Arrives on AT&T's Network
No WiFi? AT&T's cellular network plays host to the 4G LTE-flavored version of Microsoft's Surface tablet.The rumors were true. On March 18, Microsoft caught up with Apple in one crucial feature for many tablet users: 4G connectivity. Since the Surface's launch in October 2012, Microsoft has only offered WiFi connectivity options. The first clues of the tablet's impending launch emerged when the device showed up in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filings. On March 10, Windows Phone Central's Daniel Rubino claimed that his site had photographic evidence. "Photos of the device, including the box that reads 'AT&T Network Ready' have been sent our way, though we have been asked to not post them due to the sensitive nature of the material." The 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) version of the Surface 2 tablet is now on sale at the Microsoft Store (both online and brick and mortar), Best Buy and commercial retailers in the United States. The 4G LTE version enables buyers to venture beyond the confines of their WiFi networks without firing up a 4G hotspot. Yet unlike its rival, the iPad, Microsoft's tablet has been released only for AT&T's network. (Apple sells carrier-specific iPads that operate on the networks of Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.) The tablet packs 64GB of internal storage—all Surface tablets can be expanded with microSD cards—and carry a price tag of $679. That represents a $130 premium over the WiFi version, in line with Apple's pricing strategy. It is currently in stock at Microsoft's online store with immediate shipping.
Powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor that runs Windows RT 8.1, the Surface 2 delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. Apart from LTE support and a SIM tray, the device is practically identical to the Surface 2 that launched in October.