Remember the second generation Surface RT… eherm, the Surface 2? Well, it’s now available in another variant, one with 4G LTE connectivity. Check it out below.
Microsoft unleashes Surface 2 LTE
Yep, you read that right, the lower-end Surface tablet PC has gotten an upgrade in the form of LTE connectivity – which means you’re covered in areas where WiFi hotspots aren’t available (or at least wherever your network has coverage). The Surface 2 LTE is pretty much identical to its WiFi only counterpart. It has a 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor, and 2 GB of RAM. The LTE version is only available with 64 GB of internal storage, but does have the same features. It has WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 3.5 MP front-facing camera, a 5.0 rear shooter, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card slot (that supports microSDXC), and an HD video output port. Depending on usage, it can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.
Software-wise, it runs with Windows RT 8.1 with Microsoft Office 2013 RT. Since this is an RT operating system, you can only run apps from the Windows Store.
Pricing and Availability
The Surface 2 LTE is already available at the Microsoft Store, but it is not as budget friendly as its WiFi-only counterparts. It has a hefty US $679 price tag, which is 230 dollars more expensive than the entry level model. For reference, the most basic Surface Pro 2 model, Microsoft’s slate with Windows 8.1, has a US $899 price tag.
Would you want to buy one? Well, sure, if you really need a Windows tablet PC with LTE connectivity. The downside lies with Windows RT still – you won’t be able to run legacy software like you would on a full fat Windows 8.1 operating system. What are your options? Asus and Dell used to have the Windows RT slates with LTE, the Asus VivoTab RT LTE and the Dell XPS 10 Windows RT. Those two are from last year though, so you’d be hard pressed to find them in stores. You can however, get yourself a Nokia Lumia 2520 for a much more affordable US $399.
Or better yet, why don’t you just add a little more and get a Surface Pro 2?