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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 SpartanJet on 3/17/2014 12:38:28 PM , Rating: 2
I own a Venue Pro 11 and I hardly find myself using the desktop (other than Office) in day to day work. These bay trail tablets are fantastic but for true tablet use the modern UI is much more convenient. Those same modern UI apps that run on our bay trail with full Windows 8.1 also run on RT which is why I can still see a future for RT (not at its current price range though).

The app situation imho is even better than those toy OS's because it hasn't been infested with micro transactions. I hardly notice any missing apps but if there happens to be one you can bet there is usually a website that will work as it should which isn't the case with ios or ad-droid.

The RT tabs just need to hit the $150-250 range and have the bay trail with at least 4gb+128gb storage hit the $400-600 range.


RE: 130$ premium?
By Manch on 3/17/2014 1:15:04 PM , Rating: 2
I rarely use the desktop on my V8 Pro either. Only a couple car applications I use for data-logging require the desktop. If I do need the desktop, I use the mirracast. I havent had issues like so many people say they do. Lucky on that front I guess.

The thing is Baytrail has crushed tablet prices. $200 for full Windows or pay more for RT? umm Ill go with full.

What you said about the browser is one of the few bennies of RT. Like it's desktop brethren pages load normal unlike android. Still that wont save RT.

Either RT or WP9 are going to push the other out. I think RT will go away and WP9 will take over.


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