TABLET UPSTART Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet with 4G connectivity has gone up for pre-order in the UK ahead of its release on 8 May.
Microsoft announced the tablet's release on Thursday, saying, "Customers can pre-order Surface 2 (4G) starting today, 10 April, at 9am from the Microsoft Store.
"Surface 2 (4G) comes with a micro-SIM card slot and ability to connect across multiple cellular networks up to 4G LTE[i], in addition to Wi-Fi capabilities, allowing you get online on the go."
The Surface 2 with 4G LTE is available to order from Microsoft's online UK shop. The Windows RT tablet comes with 64GB of internal storage, and is priced at £539 - £100 more than the same model without 4G connectivity. Microsoft will sweeten the offer with free Skype calling for a year and 200GB of free Onedrive storage, although it's worth noting that these come with the WiFi-only version of the tablet, too.
In comparison, a 64GB iPad Air with 4G connectivity will set you back £659.
Microsoft said that once it releases the tablet next month on 8 May, it will be available to order from other retailers, including Dixons.
The release of the 4G Microsoft Surface 2 comes more than six months after the WiFi-only version of the tablet arrived in the UK, and the firm is yet to cough on how well the device has been selling so far.
However, Microsoft last year claimed that weeks after Surface 2 pre-orders began, the tablet was "close to selling out", suggesting that it did better than its original Surface, which caused Microsoft to take a $900m writeoff. µ