Featured Articles

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

HP Stream is a Chromebook killer priced at $200

We have been hearing reports of a new breed of affordable Windows notebooks for months. It is alleged that a number…

More...
AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD Radeon R7 SSD line-up goes official

AMD has officially launched its first ever SSDs and all three are part of AMD’s AMD Radeon R7 SSD series.

More...
KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

KitKat has more than a fifth of Android users

Android 4.4 is now running on more than a fifth of Android devices, according to Google’s latest figures.

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 22 June 2012 12:03

Microsoft Surface could be wi-fi only

Written by Nick Farrell



Saves money


Surface, Microsoft's new tablet computer, is expected to launch this October. However, it is already rumoured to have a shorter battery life than its rival, Apple's iPad, and will be wifi-only at first.

Word on the street is that the tablet will go on sale without any connection to mobile phone networks as a cost-saving move. Bloomberg found two Volish deep throats who confirmed the rumours.

Ben Barjarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies, a US technology consulting firm, told Bloomberg that the decision to launch with a wifi-only model could be to ensure costs are low but Microsoft could restrict how widely the device could be used.

Much will depend on the price, so it is unclear whether this can be seen as a good plan. It had been thought that the tablet would be at the higher end of the market. If it cannot connect to anyone people might not see it as value for money. It is also worth noting that many analysts see a lot of potential for Surface in the enterprise space, but lack of data connectivity could be a serious issue for business users.

Redmond has been quiet about the battery life of the Surface which has lead many to think it must be a lot shorter than the Apple machine. So far there has been no evidence for or against. 

Nick Farrell

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments