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Microsoft Unveils 4G LTE Surface 2

Redmond, Wash. — Microsoft revealed in a blog posting Monday the first 3G/4G version of the Surface tablet.

Panos Panay, Microfsoft Surface corporate VP, said the LTE Surface 2 will go on sale Tuesday and will be compatible on AT&T’s 4G network in the United States, prompting the name “Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE).”

The tablet will carry a $679 suggested retail and will include 64GB of built-in storage ($130 more than the cost of the similarly configured Wi-Fi-only version).

“Many of you have told me that you’d like the capability to be online, even when Wi-Fi isn’t available, so you can work, play, share, and communicate wherever you are. In simple terms, we are continuously being asked for a Surface that allows you to use mobile broadband,” Panay wrote.

The newest Surface iteration will be available at Microsoft retail stores,, Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile retail stores and, as well as through U.S. commercial resellers, Microsoft said.

The new Surface 2 will include most of the features of the Wi-Fi version, including increased speed and battery life, dual-position kickstand, Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT and Outlook 2013 RT, FullHD screen, upgraded front- and rear-facing cameras and a full-size USB 3.0 port.

Purchasers of the Surface 2 (AT&T 4G LTE) will also receive 200GB of free OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) storage for two years.