4G Microsoft Surface tablet not being planned for now, according to rumors

4G Microsoft Surface tablet not being planned for now, according to rumors
According to sources for Bloomberg, the Microsoft Surface tablets will come in a Wi-Fi-only variety at launch as 3G/4G models are currently not being planned. The main reason behind this decision is said to be an analysis, which estimates that cellular connectivity on a tablet is a rarely used feature since most owners use their slates at home. Besides, omitting the 3G/4G modem would keep the device's cost down to a competitive level.

Speaking of pricing, rumor has it that the most basic Microsoft Surface tablet – with Windows RT, 32GB of storage, and a Tegra processor, will be priced at $599. That is about as much as a top-of-the-line tablet with similar features costs. The Windows 8 Pro variant, however, which comes with an Intel processor and a high-resolution display, might start at anything from $799 to the whopping $999 for the 64GB model.

But let's go back to the issue with the lack of a cellular modem on the Microsoft Surface tablet. The choice to skip the option seems quite unusual since the slate will have a pretty hard time competing with the current leader on the market, namely the Apple iPad. Cupertino's offering comes not only with an awesome display, no matter which variant of the latest model you pick, but a 4G version is available as well for the folks who demand it. And by 4G we mean 4G LTE, which is the best in cellular data a user can get right now.

Nevertheless, this is just an unconfirmed speculation, which might turn out to be inaccurate. Besides, who knows, Microsoft might change its mind if enough demand gathers up for a 3G/4G-capable Surface tablet.

source: Bloomberg via Slash-Gear

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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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4 Comments

1. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I was suspecting that coz no mobile carrier talks on carrying it. To bad no subsidy for the rumored price. I hope they change thier mind on windows 8 pro version

2. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

So, what if most people use it at home? The percentage of people that have wifi at home around the world is miniscule compared to the number of people that have access to cellular data! I suppose people will have to use that USB slot for a 3G/4G dongle!

4. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

now that makes sense, why would i pay a lot to use internet on my Computer?!

3. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Microsoft really disappoints sometimes staying like one step behind their rivals like they did when they launched WP7 no 4G no SD cards and now they realized consumers want those features, it's not whatyou think MS its what people want think outside the box!

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