Has Microsoft's Surface gone through FCC approval?

Unless something disastrous happens, Microsoft will be launching its first true PC hardware product, the Windows RT version of the Surface tablet, alongside Windows 8 on October 26th. Today, it appears that the tablet has gone through the required approval process from the US's Federal Communications Commission government regulator board.

In a post on the FCC website, documents have been uploaded that show a "tablet PC" running on Windows RT was submitted to the FCC by Microsoft back in July. Officially, Microsoft calls the tablet the "Model 1516" in its FCC filing, but we don't know of any other Windows RT tablets it is working on besides the Surface.

The filing also confirms that the "Model 1516" has Bluetooth and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi hardware inside, along with a stand and a keyboard add-on that's membrane based.

With just over three weeks to go before the launch of the Surface, Microsoft is making the unusual move of promoting the tablet in street art ads and more traditional outdoor banner ads, before the Surface is released. What's next? Some Internet and TV commercials? Perhaps an elaborate ARG event? Maybe something we can't expect? Stay tuned.

Via: Engadget
Source: FCC | Image via Engadget

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Lord Method Man said,
I'm just relieved it's 5GHz, too much stuff is still 2.4-only.

Definitely. I figured it would have to be as much as they were pushing "sit down and watch a movie with it!"

S3P€hR said,
Sad I have to wait until december for Pro Version. I want it now.............

I think it's January actually.

Either way, the ASUS Transformer Book and Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro are better purchases. The surface can't be used as a laptop when on an uneven surface (such as on your lap) while the keyboard dock on the other two let it be used just like a laptop, add ports, and an extra battery to double runtime.

The surface pro is only possibly better if you plan on using it as a tablet nearly full-time. But why would you need a tablet that strong and with that (relatively) poor battery life?

mrp04 said,

I think it's January actually.

Either way, the ASUS Transformer Book and Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro are better purchases. The surface can't be used as a laptop when on an uneven surface (such as on your lap) while the keyboard dock on the other two let it be used just like a laptop, add ports, and an extra battery to double runtime.

The surface pro is only possibly better if you plan on using it as a tablet nearly full-time. But why would you need a tablet that strong and with that (relatively) poor battery life?

I don't like their form factor. It seems the keyboard doc is just a Useless piece that apart from keys has no purpose just some extra weight for stability. The only one I might consider actually is HP Envy X2.

mrp04 said,

Looking at the picture it looks really unstable.

Uh... it looks like it's sitting straight up on her lap to me. Doesn't appear to be leaning or off-kilter. So, not sure where you see unstable.

mrp04 said,

I think it's January actually.

Either way, the ASUS Transformer Book and Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro are better purchases. The surface can't be used as a laptop when on an uneven surface (such as on your lap) while the keyboard dock on the other two let it be used just like a laptop, add ports, and an extra battery to double runtime.

The surface pro is only possibly better if you plan on using it as a tablet nearly full-time. But why would you need a tablet that strong and with that (relatively) poor battery life?

Intel Clover Trail FTW!