Microsoft confirms new Surface aspect ratios and sizes, talks LTE availability
The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 launched pretty much how we expected them to, and while Microsoft had some interesting accessories to share, the tablets themselves had already been largely described in leaks. But even as those two went official, there were still some lingering Surface 2 questions we still wanted to see answered. Those included both when we might see LTE support in the tablet, and also what might become of rumors about a Surface 2 Mini. We get a few answers along those lines, thanks to some new comments from Microsoft’s Panos Panay.
First up: that LTE-enabled Surface 2. We has already heard the rumors that LTE might only come to the Surface 2 Mini, sometime next spring. Panay doesn’t directly address that possibility, but he makes one thing clear – that no matter how LTE comes to the Surface lineup, Microsoft does not intend to release an LTE-enabled Surface Pro 2. That leaves the door open for an LTE version of the regular full-sized Surface 2, but it’s still unfortunate news. When this support eventually arrives, look for it to work on AT&T in the States and Vodafone in Europe.
What about the Surface 2 Mini? We already heard a rumor that the tablet might eschew the widescreen look of the big Surface models and go with a 7.5-inch 4:3 display. Again, Panay doesn’t talk about the Mini directly, but he does say that “there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface.” Considering how nicely those rumors line up with this new “aspect ratios and sizes” business, it feels like we’re on the right track.