A brand new FCC filing means that Microsoft Surface followers would possibly lastly be getting their LTE. The filing, which was first noticed by the website myce, particulars a brand new device from Microsoft that has all the hallmarks of a long-promised Surface pill with built-in LTE broadband connectivity.
It will be the first mobile modem for the Microsoft pill, and a key step in the firm’s ongoing try to make it massive in the pill house.
Whereas the publicly obtainable diagrams in the filing are pretty imprecise, the filing references a kind keyboard and a contact keyboard, that are equipment particular to the Surface line. Like the previous saying goes: if it seems to be like a Surface and quacks like a Surface, it’s in all probability a Surface.
Releasing an LTE-enabled pill is in step with previous public statements from Microsoft. Panos Panay, a Microsoft Company Vice President on the Surface group said in a Reddit AMA last year that the firm deliberate to launch a LTE Surface 2 early in 2014.
Throughout an appearance the Microsoft Store in Seattle last fall, Panay mentioned he anticipated the units to be obtainable initially on AT&T in the U.S. and Vodafone in Europe. Nevertheless, he was clear that there wouldn’t be a model of the (Intel-based) Surface Professional 2 with LTE.
Whereas the firm shall be inheriting an LTE-capable Home windows pill in the type of the Nokia Lumia 2520, a mobile Surface could be a serious step for Microsoft’s pill line. Apple affords shoppers mobile choices on the iPad, and there’s no scarcity of cellular-capable Android tablets.
Microsoft declined to touch upon this report.