Microsoft starts shipping new Surface 2 4G tablet in UK despite imminent Surface 3 press event

Microsoft has started shipping its Surface 2 4G tablet to the UK after opening up pre-orders last month on the slate that can take a 4G SIM card from any UK mobile network provider.

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The tablet, which will set back buyers £539, was tagged with an 8 May release date when pre-orders opened and the 4G enabled version comes just over six months to the day that Microsoft released the Surface 2 tablet.

Customers willing to shell out for the Windows tablet will get everything that comes with the Surface 2 Wi-Fi-only offering except for the addition of 4G and 10g of extra weight.

Display-wise it has a 10.6in full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen with the show run by a Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.7GHz supplemented by 2GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage that can be expanded through the built-in microSD card slot.

The tablet runs on the latest version of Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 that includes Office Home and Student RT and in the camera department there is a 5-megapixel lens on the back and a 3.5-megapixel snapper on the front.

In terms of added extras it has a built-in kickstand as well as free Skype calls for a year and 200GB of Onedrive cloud storage as standard. Any customers that want to add the popular keyboard still have to fork out an extra £100.

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It’s unclear how successful the 4G version will be in the shops as a press event scheduled for a fortnight’s time is expected to see the launch of a slew of new surface models that will include the much anticipated Surface Mini tablet.