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Microsoft's Surface tablets won’t have 3G or 4G connectivity

Will be WiFi-only at launch
Fri Jun 22 2012, 11:49
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THE VAPOURWARE Microsoft Surface tablets won't have 3G or 4G connectivity, Bloomberg has reported, and will only be available in WiFi-only models at launch.

The Bloomberg report, which cites "two people familiar with the matter" who declined to be named, claims that Microsoft has decided against shipping the Surface with a mobile network option, meaning that both the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models won't be able to connect to 3G or 4G networks.

This could be an issue for Microsoft, said Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin. He said, "The way that Microsoft is positioning this product -- that it's highly mobile but also has the functionality of a notebook - that customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi."

However, we don't see this as too much of an issue, as most tablet users, ourselves included, use their device mainly in the home where there's constant access to a WiFi connection.

Also, 4G connectivity isn't widespread enough yet for it to be a priority - especially not to us Brits, at least - and it suggests that Microsoft is trying to keep the price of the Surface tablets low.

However, if Microsoft wants to reel in business users to buy its Surface tablets, this might present a problem.

Announced on Monday, the Microsoft Surface tablets are the Redmond software giant's answer to the Apple Ipad. As well as WiFi connectivity, Microsoft claims it will feature a 10.6in HD touchscreen, dual cameras, up to 64GB of internal storage and Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft hasn't announced prices or launch date(s) for its Surface tablets yet. It was unavailable for comment at the time of writing. µ

 

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