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Surface 2 4G UK release date is 8 May, costs £539

A 4G version of Microsoft's second Surface tablet will be on sale in less than a month.

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Oil barons take note -- a 4G version of Microsoft's Surface 2 tablet will soon be on sale in the UK for the wallet-shrivelling price of £539.

Currently, the Wi-Fi model is the only Surface 2 available to Brits. Microsoft has confirmed however that the 4G version will hit shop shelves on 8 May. If you can't wait to throw down your hard-won cash, you can pre-order online from today.

The Wi-Fi only Surface 2, which is powered by Windows RT, starts at £359 for the 32GB model, and £439 for a 64GB option. The 4G option has 64GB of storage, which may explain the high price. There's no sign of a 4G version of the Surface Pro 2 , for now at least.

We awarded the Surface 2 three and a half stars in our review , praising its sturdy construction and high-quality cameras, but criticising the lack of apps available for Windows 8, and the fact that Windows RT only lets you install software from Microsoft's app store.

If you're desperate for a 4G tablet, Google's 32GB Nexus 7 also comes in an LTE variant, for £299.

Are you tempted by the 4G Surface 2? Or is it simply too pricey? Let me know in the comments.