Yesterday a new version of Microsoft's slate was announced, the Surface 2 LTE. Adding to the details that were provided is an announcement today from NVIDIA that its i500 LTE modem will be utilized in the LTE version of the Microsoft slate, giving the tablet both a Tegra 4 processor and the fifth-gen version of the maker's i500 modem.
A new version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet, this time packing integrated LTE connectivity for getting online while on the move, will go on sale from March 18th. The Windows RT slate will use AT&T's 4G network and be priced at $679 for the 64GB version, and is the first of Microsoft's Surface series of tablets to include integrated mobile broadband.
T-Mobile has started a new LTE roll-out, aiming to upgrade half of its existing 2G/EDGE spectrum to 4G by the end of 2014, along with an ambitious roadmap to use 700MHz A-Block spectrum it's currently in the process of acquiring for even more LTE this year. The news, which comes around a year after T-Mobile began its first LTE service, should see existing 2G and EDGE areas updated to LTE by the middle of 2015, the carrier predicts, as its legal department gets busy trying to take on Verizon Wireless' coverage maps.
Audi and AT&T have confirmed pricing for the integrated 4G LTE connection in the 2015 A3, offering both 6-month and 30-month standalone subscriptions, in addition to plans to include the new sedan in Mobile Share later this year. The car, which will be officially launched this month, will come with six months of LTE service for Audi Connect in the US when new, after which data access will be priced from $99.
With an increase in number of mobile application and our dependency on the Internet, it was only a matter of time before a mobile service provider sweetened the deal for consumers. T-Mobile raises the stakes by offering additional 4G LTE data, tethering and unlimited international texting at no additional charge. The $50 Simple Choice Plan was well received when it made its debut last year, and under this scheme, T-Mobile hopes to do away with "customer extortion" in terms of wireless data caps and overage fees by offering new upgrades.
Verizon will offer the LTE version of LG's G Pad 8.3 tablet from March 6th, the carrier has announced, adding another Android slate to the carrier's line-up. The slate, running Android on an 8.3-inch Full HD IPS display with a 1.5GHz quadcore processor, will be offered at $299.99 unsubsidized.
As companies the world over trot out new and upcoming offerings at MWC 2014, AT&T has announced a further expansion of its international LTE Roaming network, ushering it in to 13 additional countries. This brings the total countries through which its customers can get LTE roaming to more than 200.
This morning we’re to understand that NVIDIA has paired up with their first partner for the NVIDIA Tegra 4i smartphone chip for the first time. The group that’ll be rolling with this chip first is the international brand Wiko, and the smartphone’s name is WAX. This smartphone is going to be very, very powerful.
NVIDIA has added LTE to its Tegra NOTE 7 tablet, with the Tegra NOTE 7 LTE set to take the previously WiFi-only Android slate online from Q2, while also broadening availability across several new companies. The Tegra NOTE 7 LTE will come in two different LTE forms - for the US or for Europe - as well as outfitted with HSPA+ 3G for regions without 4G service, and be priced at $299.
HP's Chromebook 11 has quietly landed on Verizon's LTE network, with the 4G-enabled laptop going on sale at a $100 premium over its WiFi-only sibling. The Chromebook 11 LTE, spotted at Best Buy, uses the same Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor and 11.6-inch display as the model we reviewed back in October, but adds the ability to get online more readily while on the move.