One of the key specs missing from the launch announcement of Microsoft’s Surface tablet was whether it could connect to 3G or 4G cellular networks.
Bloomberg now reports that, as suspected, the first version of Surface to go on sale will be Wi-Fi only. The specifications have not been officially confirmed by Microsoft yet but it’s common for new tablets to launch without mobile carrier deals in place.
Leaving out a wireless broadband connection at this early stage would also save money and development time.
Where two versions of tablets are available, the Wi-Fi only models tend to take the larger share of sales, especially as they are frequently used at home, in café hotspots or tethered to smartphones.
It means that Microsoft can get at least one version of Surface out into the marketplace while concentrating on arranging mobile carrier deals in various countries for a later date. Surface is due to launch later this year, though an exact launch date has not yet been revealed.
Bloomberg also says that Taiwan’s Pegatron Corp, which is also involved in iPhone assembly for Apple, will manufacture the Surface tablets for Microsoft.