Microsoft Surface will be WiFi only

Microsoft's Surface tablet will lack a 3G/4G antenna at launch

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Microsoft Surface will be WiFi only
Microsoft's Surface tablet will lack a 3G/4G antenna, at least at launch.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 24, 2012

Microsoft's Surface tablet has been the talk of the town for a while now, and while many tout it to be the iPad killer, there is word that the software giant might release a WiFi-only version of the tablet at launch.

This decision may reflect Microsoft's need to keep the costs down for now, which is wise considering it is debuting in an already overcrowded slate space. Many however believe that the omission of a 3G/4G antenna will not pose a major hindrance to the acceptance of the tablet.

Firstly there is no harmonised LTE spectrum that will allow the tablet to work on every available LTE network throughout the world. Secondly access to mobile data is still quite expensive, and most users of tablets are happy enough to use the devices with their WiFi connections at home, cafes or other hotspots.

Microsoft has revealed further details on Surface, which include specifications like a 10.6-inch screen, 3mm fold-out keyboard that doubles as a cover, and a slim 9.3mm frame.

There will be two versions of the tablet. The first is the Windows RT model that sports a Tegra 3 processor and 32/64GB SSD options, and the second, the Windows 8 version which will run on Windows 8 Pro, include Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors, with a 64/128GB SSD option.

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