Today’s Surface 2 announcement sure came through with a lot of what we were expecting. That said, there were a few notable absences: we didn’t hear squat about that rumored Surface Mini, for instance. Another thing that was largely glossed over was the issue of any connectivity options for these new tablets besides WiFi. If you found yourself intrigued by these designs, but your data needs demand a proper cellular network connection, you may be in luck, with word now arriving that Microsoft’s been working on bringing LTE to the Surface 2.
Microsoft’s Panos Panay confirmed the news on Reddit today, saying that a new LTE Surface 2 will be out early next year.
He didn’t specify anything else about this new hardware, leaving us wondering if we’ll be seeing both Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 LTE-enabled models, or if Microsoft might keep the feature high-end, and make it exclusive to the Pro 2. We also haven’t heard anything about how this LTE option might affect prices, but we wouldn’t be surprised for it to bump things up by $100 or more.
In the interim, Microsoft might attempt to create Surface 2/WP8 bundles, encouraging users to tether the WiFi-only tablets to their phones in an effort to get them online while out and about.