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Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

8:55 PM -- There appears to be a surprising absence in the newly-announced Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Surface tablets: 4G wireless connectivity.

The Redmond-based company announced the cleverly designed new tablets-cum-PCs at an event in Los Angeles on Monday evening. Despite canny features like a super-skinny keyboard cover and a kickstand, the tablet appears to lack 4G capabilities and the associated carrier support.

Bloggers at the event Tweeted that the two devices have multiple Wi-Fi antennas for connectivity.

This will certainly help to differentiate the devices from its perceived key rival, the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPad. Apple has consistently launched its tablets with cellular support. The latest iPad can run over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G, at least in the U.S.

Microsoft hasn't said exactly when the Windows 8 tablets will launch and how much they'll cost, so it's possible that things might change vis-a-vis wireless over the coming months. Certainly, Microsoft has talent on hand to include cellular options since it bought out Danger Inc. . (See Microsoft Buys Danger.)

Tablets can be data hogs, consuming as much as five times the data that a smartphone does, so you likely want to stay on Wi-Fi most of the time anyway. But if you want a tablet with the option of 4G connectivity, Microsoft may have just made your choice of device a little simpler than it could have been.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:29:57 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

Seems really odd to have no LTE on there, doesn't it?

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:29:54 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

Seems more odd that they didn't mention connectivity at all. I think people found out about the Wi-Fi, but it wasn't even mentioned (at least that's my understanding from live blogs from afar). It must be planning to announce more about that when it does pricing. My guess/hope would be they had a Wi-Fi only and an LTE option.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:29:52 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

It does mention 2XMIMO antennas in the specs.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:29:52 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

Right, but they didn't mention it all at the press conference. They don't see it as a selling point then, or else maybe there's more to come there.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:29:51 PM
re: Microsoft Surface: Where's the 4G Wireless?

Right, but they didn't mention it all at the press conference. They don't see it as a selling point then, or else maybe there's more to come there.

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