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Microsoft officially launches its 64GB, LTE Surface 2

We reported last week that Microsoft had plans to introduce an LTE version of its underdog Surface 2 tablet. Today, Microsoft confirmed those plans, and officially announced the 64GB tablet that is currently tied to AT&T’s LTE network.
 
According to Panos Panay, Corporate VP for Microsoft Surface, LTE connectivity has been a much-requested addition to the Surface 2. “Many of you have told me that you’d like the capability to be online, even when Wi-Fi isn’t available, so you can work, play, share, and communicate wherever you are,” said Panos in a blog post.
 
“In simple terms, we are CONTINUOUSLY being asked for a Surface that allows you to use mobile broadband.”

 
As previously reported, the LTE version of the Surface 2 commands a $130 price premium over its W-Fi-only sibling, making for a price tag of $679.
 
Microsoft says that its latest tablet will be available starting March 18 from Best Buy/BestBuy.com and Microsoft Retail Stores/MicrosoftStore.com.

Source: Microsoft



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RE: 130$ premium?
By Mitch101 on 3/17/2014 12:33:31 PM , Rating: 3
I don't have much faith in RT's lifespan because Im under the impression that Microsoft will port the Windows Phone OS over to replace Windows RT when version 9 becomes available. If true then I might be interested if the price is right but I suspect we might see BayTrail/Pro tablets finally threaten the low end before RT/9 could possibly gain traction.

Microsoft needs to come clean with their road-map for RT and whats required for Windows 9 Mobile OS.


RE: 130$ premium?
By Manch on 3/17/2014 1:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
I picked up my dell V8 Pro for $200 and the Surface Pro (First Gen) for $500 on sale. I think you can get them for 600$ even now which is still a better deal than a 650$ RT tablet. I use the Pro as an ultra-lite with minor tablet use. The dell I use primarily as a tablet and @ $200 its much cheaper/better than RT. Even if you dont use the desktop or traditional applications on it.

The combination of baytrail and lackluster sales driving down the price of 8 has all but killed the RT market.


RE: 130$ premium?
By NellyFromMA on 3/17/2014 4:40:33 PM , Rating: 2
Battery life on ARM and x86 variants of Surface hasn't had the displeasure of reflecting an LTE connection thus far.

As such, yes, MS has gotten battery life numbers on Surface 2 and Pro 2 to good ranges, but I am somewhat pessimistic as to what those numbers will look like when feeding power to a dedicated LTE modem and its usage starts being put in par with phone and tablets also doing the same.

I think ARM is going to continue to thrive exactly where it has: the low-power realm.

ARM has enough entrenchment in markets begging for power-efficiency where if Intel cannot reduce the gap in this unit of measure by several magnitudes even still, the RT version of Windows continues to have a purpose form the company's perspective. It already has the RT OS, I'd be surprised to see it altogether discontinued as of Win9. Maybe afterwards if ARM power efficiency gains dip AND Intel keeps winning gains.

I do think the WP OS is going to be folded into the Surface / WinRT tablet OS though. My last understanding was that these two OSes continue to be distinct implementations as of the latest released versions of the respective platforms. Having both is just... unnecessary...


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