Surface 2 with LTE tablets reportedly sent to Microsoft Store locations

The wait for a Surface 2 tablet with LTE wireless support could be coming to an end soon. A new report from WPCentral.com claims via unnamed sources, that the tablet that was first promised in September is now being shipped to Microsoft Store retail locations.

The site says they have received images of the tablet but have been asked by unnamed parties not to post them due to their "sensitive nature". Aside from the fact that the wireless support comes from AT&T, no other information on the Surface 2 LTE model has been revealed, nor has a price tag or release date been mentioned.

A recent FCC filing shows a bare bones drawing of the tablet with its LTE antenna. We can assume that the launch date for the new Surface 2 model is very close if Microsoft Stores are now getting in units to stock up before its launch. It's possible that Microsoft expects this model to sell very well and wants enough to go around for the first shipment.

This model is for the Surface 2, running on Windows 8.1 RT. Microsoft has made no indication it plans to release an LTE version of the Surface Pro 2, which has proven to be a very popular tablet since its launch in October.

Source: WPCentral | Image via Microsoft

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If this is true, and the tablet is offered by AT&T, I might just upgrade my "roaming" tablet rather than cancelling the account when the time comes.

I already use my Surface RT most of the time, anyway. If I could use almost anywhere, I wouldn't need another tablet.

Well, I guess I (and my local manager) were wrong. Of course, he was on vacation for spring break and did tell me he hadn't looked at inventory...

If the availability is anything like on the Surface Australia website, I doubt MS really cares! You can't buy any model of Surface 2 Pro AFAIK from Surface Australia as they all show out of stock.

I am hoping for Surface Pro Mini ))

I figured approx 8" is the sweet spot zone for display size on the tablet for me.
Much more portable then cumbersome 10", but also substantially more useful display wise,
then the current top end smart phones (5-6")

In fact I think this size will dominate the portable tablets this year for sure. and the super premium tablets will be dominated by 12" models in 2014.

and the thing everybody wants, surface mini or surface pro 2 with LTE or surface 2 with intel is nowhere to be seen.

Microsoft: bringing you everything but the thing you want since we came up with vista.

neonspark said,
Microsoft: bringing you everything but the thing you want since we came up with vista.
Funny, I thought Win7 was a big hit.

This is awesome! I want. I wonder if it can handle taking calls and SMS? I know that's a weird ask these days.. but that would be interesting.

Why would they give up when it's already known that WP and WinRT will merge in the next year or so? It's going to be epic by the time it comes to light.

j2006 said,
Why would they give up when it's already known that WP and WinRT will merge in the next year or so? It's going to be epic by the time it comes to light.

Because RT tablets have bombed pretty hard, with every OEM dropping out of the RT race except for Nokia and Microsoft. As a Surface 2 owner myself, I could see why MS would drop RT as the only thing keeping it alive is Microsoft's sheer force of will. Hence why I said it's good to see MS is still investing in RT.

Figure 8 Dash said,

Because RT tablets have bombed pretty hard, with every OEM dropping out of the RT race except for Nokia and Microsoft. As a Surface 2 owner myself, I could see why MS would drop RT as the only thing keeping it alive is Microsoft's sheer force of will. Hence why I said it's good to see MS is still investing in RT.

The main reason why OEMs are dropping RT is because they realized they couldn't load them up with bloatware and malware, you know, the apps that no-one wants but OEMs put them on so they can make a few dollars extra on each unit from the companies that pay them to pre-install their crap.