Is it just me or does this rumored pricing seems too much on the high side of things? Reports came out yesterday that Microsoft is planning to launch the LTE SKU of its Surface 2 tablet.
These are rumors, yes, but they align with the previously speculated launch window. And while Redmond is yet to comment on this officially, or provide any specifics, it did confirm in late 2013 that the LTE enabled model of the slate would arrive in early 2014.
And now some new information about this device has floated up.
According to this report, again from unnamed sources, it appears that only the 64GB model of Surface 2 will get LTE capabilities. It does not truly compute, but maybe it makes sense in some aspects.
What doesn’t, however, is the pricing tag that Microsoft reportedly plans to attach to the tablet.
It is being claimed that the 64GB version of Surface 2 with LTE will retail for $679 — which is a significant increase from the $549 that the standard model retails at. A $130 increase for simple cellular capabilities? Pretty dense, in my opinion.
In an ideal world, this would have been built in, or at most a $49 premium. Even $99 is pushing it.
In any case, if you are game for the LTE slate at this price point, then you will get support for 2G (bands 850/900/1800/1900), 3G UMTS (bands 1, 2, 5) and LTE (bands 4, 7, 17) to go with the WiFi a/b/g/n connectivity that comes as standard.
AT&T is said to be handling the cellular duties, and the device will exclusively be available in the United States, at least for the foreseeable future.
Your comments on these reports? Agree with what Microsoft is cooking? Or do you feel that the company should have gone in at more affordable price points?