Microsoft has announced that it will start selling the first 4G versions of its Surface 3 tablet in the UK on Friday. O2 will exclusively sell the device to business customers for the first three months.
The Surface 3 4G tablet follows on from the Surface 3 and boasts specs such as a 10.8in full HD touchscreen, an 8MP camera on the back and a 3.5MP camera on the front.
It also has a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, runs Windows 8.1 and includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, something that most business buyers require to attach peripherals.
The Surface 3 4G comes in 64GB or 128GB versions, with the option of adding up to 128GB more via microSD memory card.
Microsoft's general manager for the Surface, Brian Hall, wrote in a blog post that the arrival of the 4G versions of the Surface 3 should bring yet more benefits to firms embracing the tablet-laptop hybrid.
"We see particular excitement for our LTE-enabled Surface 3 with businesses and their sales forces, which is why this initial announcement is focused on business availability," he said.
"We’re already hearing from customers that have deployed Surface Pro 3 that sellers are saving hours per week in many cases. Having a more mobile option in Surface 3 (4G LTE) is only going to create more opportunities."
O2 said that pricing for SMBs for the Surface 3 4G will be £50 up front, then £27.67 per month based on a 24-month contract. V3 contacted O2 to ask whether any more payment options will be available but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The carrier is also offering 50 percent off the price of the Surface 3 Keyboard when purchased alongside Office 365 and McAfee Multi Access or Windows Intune.
O2 has confirmed that it will start selling the selling the Surface Pro 3 for £707.50. Both tablets will be available from 3 July.
Ben Dowd, O2 business director, touted the availability of the Surface 3 4G as a key benefit for business customers.
“At O2 we’re always looking for ways to give our customers the best in class digital products, services and applications, so they can experience the benefits of having the latest technology at the heart of their business," he said.
"The Microsoft Surface family is a fantastic example of this and I hope our customers are as excited as we are to start using the new devices.”
Below is our interactive guide to the Surface Pro 3 tablet.
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