Is Microsoft testing a new Surface RT tablet with LTE support?

by Doug Drinkwater

June 19 2013

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new Surface RT tablet
Microsoft is reportedly testing a new Surface RT tablet

Microsoft’s next Surface RT tablet is edging ever closer to market. The Redmond giant is apparently testing the Windows RT device with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset.

Bloomberg reports that Microsoft is currently testing the new tablet with new chips from Qualcomm but adds that Nvidia will “continue as a supplier for some versions”, which presumably includes the existing model with its Tegra 3 chipset.

In a separate article and citing “sources familiar to Microsoft’s Surface plans”, The Verge reports that a Surface tablet running Windows RT 8.1 is being tested at Microsoft and claims that the device runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset.

Adding further to the intrigue and the news website even raises the possibility that future Surface tablets could come with mobile broadband capabilities by stating that the ARM-based Snapdragon 800 chipset integrated LTE radios.

Microsoft’s current Surface RT and Pro tablets are WiFi-only but Microsoft’s ecosystem and planning chief Mike Angiulo has previously hinted that 3G and 4G tablets could be a possibility going forward.

"On the ARM side, there is a propensity for a much higher percentage of PCs that are going to ship with mobile broadband [3G / 4G]," Angiulo told CNET in March.

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