Earlier this week, we learned that Microsoft’s Surface 3 LTE would be heading to AT&T’s network. And right on schedule, AT&T has opened up sales of the tablet which is available in a 64GB configuration (which we already knew about) and a 128GB configuration (which was news to us).
Those that purchase a Surface 3 LTE at full price from a Microsoft Store or authorized retail partners will receive an unlocked device that can be used either on AT&T or T-Mobile’s wireless network in the United States (unlocked versions will be made available in late August). Speaking of T-Mobile, the Surface 3 LTE will also be available to T-Mobile business customers through the company’s @Work channel.
Adding LTE to a Surface 3 doesn’t come cheap. The 64GB Surface 3 LTE runs $599 off-contract, while the 128GB version will cost you $699. Signing up for a two-year contract on AT&T will only knock $100 off those prices (and will result in you receiving a device that is carrier-locked), so we see little reason to opt for that route.
“Surface 3 brings the best of Surface Pro 3 in a compact and affordable package, and the 4G LTE version will be a great fit for a lot of people who need to stay connected beyond the reach of Wi-Fi,” said Brian Hall, General Manager for Microsoft’s Surface business. “I’m excited to see the availability of the Surface 3 (4G LTE) growing and will provide future updates as we have them.”
For those that need a refresher, the Surface 3 features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom x7 Z8700 with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM, a superb 10.8-inch 1920x1280 display, microSD slot, full-size USB 3.0 port, 3MP front- and 8MP rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The 1.37-pound tablet Surface 3 LTE ships with Windows 8.1, but qualifies for a free upgrade to Windows 10 (which launches on July 29th).