Surface 2 with LTE coming March 18 for $679

We knew it was coming, and Microsoft has finally pulled back the covers on its Surface 2 tablet with LTE. The device will work with AT&T’s 4G LTE network and come with 64GB of storage, retailing for $679.

Bringing LTE to the Surface 2 makes quite a bit of sense. The tablet is designed to be a mobile device, and by adding built-in LTE support, it brings seamless connectivity for the device and as we all know, LTE offers broadband speeds, wirelessly. For now, LTE is only an option on the Surface 2 model, with the Surface Pro 2 still requiring a dongle or tethering. By putting LTE on the Surface 2 and not the Surface Pro 2, it shows Microsoft is committed to the Windows RT platform and the Surface line.

While we wouldn’t expect the addition of LTE to move millions more Surface 2 units upfront, the additional option increases the market for the device. Knowing this, any feature set expansion for the Surface line will always be welcomed by consumers, who now have another option to choose to fill their tablet needs.

The device will only come in the 64GB flavor, which may turn off some who would like a 32GB model at a cheaper price. But at $679, the device does handily beat the iPad in terms of value. The iPad Air with LTE and 64GB costs $829, and to get an iPad Air at a similar price with LTE, consumers have to opt for the 16GB that costs $629 or the 32GB that costs $729.

From a pricing perspective, the Surface 2 with LTE offers a great value and should help sway consumers and potentially corporations who were looking at the iPad Air. Seeing that the Surface 2 also comes with Office, Microsoft has built a serious value proposition with the Surface 2 LTE.

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This is nice. Something like getting 0% APR on a device via AT&T is what I would love! Problem is that I already have 4 lines and can't add another now..... I picked up a $199 Surface RT and just picked up a $50 hotspot on eBay for AT&T and put my SIM in there. I still think this is a great move.

A cheap Android device cost must less than the Surface. At the price point you are better off just purchasing a Win Pro device. There are dell tablets that cost about the same as the Surface 2 and has the same weight.

Deihmos said,
A cheap Android device cost must less than the Surface. At the price point you are better off just purchasing a Win Pro device. There are dell tablets that cost about the same as the Surface 2 and has the same weight.

Perfectly fine. In 3months, when your Android is lagging and keep resetting itself once or twice a day, AND you can't use Microsoft Office for emailing, excel, word, etc. Who'll be happier?

Microsoft is offering a premium products. I have ipad with LTE and I travels a lot, I was able to buy data sim card from abroad to access my docs(when I was not able to access Wi-Fi). I know I will pick up this baby for my business usage. Price is way cheaper than ipad with LTE by far.

Deihmos said,
A cheap Android device cost must less than the Surface.

A cheap Windows device is cost much less than the Surface. It's not a cheap plastic device, and they intentionally target the high end to avoid directly competing with their OEM partners at the low end.

If you want a great cheap tablet, you can't beat the Dell Venue 8 Pro... only $229 for a full Windows 8.1 tablet (not RT) with included free Office 2013. Dock it with multiple monitors and a keyboard and mouse, and you have a very portable workstation machine.

Deihmos said,
A cheap Android device cost must less than the Surface. At the price point you are better off just purchasing a Win Pro device. There are dell tablets that cost about the same as the Surface 2 and has the same weight.

It is not a cheap device. It is a premium device with much better build quality and parts (such as optically bonded display).

Yes, those dells do come close with price/weight but again, they are a worse buy if you do not need x86. Their quality is no where near this device.

Deihmos said,
A cheap Android device cost must less than the Surface. At the price point you are better off just purchasing a Win Pro device. There are dell tablets that cost about the same as the Surface 2 and has the same weight.

Cool, lets get a cheap and horribly made device. I would rather buy a Macbook pro and put Windows on it then buy a junky laptop thats cheap. At least I know it'll last and not give me issues.

I guess for you it's all about price.... pitty, because that means you'll always miss out.

I see it this way, you buy decent equipment and it generally lasts longer and when you upgrade you generally get a lot more for it, so in the end, you don't loose out.

It's like it you buy a Macbook for $3k and in 2 years time sell it for $1800 to upgrade, you've only really spent $1200 and you have a premium laptop that whole time. Buy a $1200 Windows laptop (generally) and after 2 years just try selling it.... Good luck.... It's the same with the surface compared to all the other products.

Read my original post. I said win rt is a waste of money because you can get a pro for around the same price and have the best of both worlds. Microsoft should give up on RT if you ask me.

Deihmos said,
Read my original post. I said win rt is a waste of money because you can get a pro for around the same price and have the best of both worlds. Microsoft should give up on RT if you ask me.

Yes, because software is everything. Hardware doesn't matter.

I think Win RT is really limited and with the current processors I don't see the point of having it . I had to get rid of the Surface 2 and get the wife a Pro instead while they were on sale for $450.00. That was a much better buy over the Surface 2.

I find it more economical to just tether with the phone rather than paying another bill for data service.

Deihmos said,
I think Win RT is really limited and with the current processors I don't see the point of having it . I had to get rid of the Surface 2 and get the wife a Pro instead while they were on sale for $450.00. That was a much better buy over the Surface 2.

I find it more economical to just tether with the phone rather than paying another bill for data service.

It really depends on what you want to do with the device, I don't think RT is limited if you just want to consume media for example. Work is limited to the Office apps so anything after that is a no-go. Also if you're dependent on lots of desktop win32 apps as well, then yeah. It's really up to the user, those who are fine with a cheap Android tablet to look at email, surf the web and so on shouldn't feel limited with RT. At some point apps come into play of course but that shouldn't always be the case.

StandingInAlley said,
I'm really hoping for 8" Surface Pro with LTE. It will be awesome. I hope Surface 3 comes soon.

I don't think they'll make a Surface mini "Pro" x86 version, any 8" surface will be RT I bet, and at this rate it might not come this year at all. Could be left for the Surface 3 generation and new Windows 9. For now they're letting all the OEMs sell 8" devices which target the low end of the market.

Brian Miller said,
Why don't MacBooks have LTE?

Good question. Seems like Apple wants to push customers to tablets/phones when it comes to mobility...

JHBrown said,
What? This is about a tablet. Why doesn't my ultrabook have LTE?

Because you purchased a model without LTE? That's like asking why your iPad doesn't have LTE.

I have a laptop with a built-in cellular data connection. Pretty sure it's not LTE, but it's useful.

offroadaaron said,
I know what you're banging on about, why are we talking about Macbooks and LTE when this is about tablets.
Exactly my point. He brought MacBooks into an article about LTE tablets. SMH!

rfirth said,

Because you purchased a model without LTE? That's like asking why your iPad doesn't have LTE.

I have a laptop with a built-in cellular data connection. Pretty sure it's not LTE, but it's useful.

The focal point of this article is tablets. Dude is talking about a MacBook. You see the awkwardness in that?

"By putting LTE on the Surface 2 and not the Surface Pro 2, it shows Microsoft is committed to the Windows RT platform and the Surface line."

So does this mean they are NOT going to put LTE on the Surface 2 PRO? That wouldn't make any sense at all...

Launches on my b.day, what a great b.day present this would make. Sadly I'm north of the border so I will probably have to wait until my next b.day for Rogers to support this device.

Although it will be nice to have my tablet have it's own data connection for my own use simply being able to tether my phone's connection every once in a blue moon is more than enough. I can certainly see others who might need such features more than me though. To each their own.

mrp04 said,
$130 extra for LTE? why are they copying Apple pricing? Only crazy Apple fans pay Apple prices.

You're still paying $159 less than a 64GB iPad with LTE.

Sgt Beavis said,

You're still paying $159 less than a 64GB iPad with LTE.

It's still $130 more than the non-LTE version

mrp04 said,
$130 extra for LTE? why are they copying Apple pricing? Only crazy Apple fans pay Apple prices.

There's a few reasons, MS prices the Surface at the highend, it doesn't care about massive volumes as long as what it makes it sells and the profit margins on these are high. The reason they don't care about volume plays is because they leave that to their OEM partners, that's also the reason they don't price in the low end, they leave that to all the OEMs as well. It's a mix of setting the high end example and price and also not stepping on any OEM toes in the process.

If MS only sales a few million Surface tablets in the quarter, it's fine with it, if the margins are 50% or something crazy then it's making a good chunk of profit from each. The initial Surface RT writeoff was a big misstep, now they're making just enough to stay even with demand it seems, or you could say they're making a bit less. In the end of the day it's about how much money it brings in even if it's not setting any sales records in the process.