Microsoft's Surface tablet will initially be available solely in Wi-Fi-only form, with a version offering mobile connectivity only set to follow at a later stage.
That's according to Bloomberg's sources, who reckon Microsoft will look to get the ball rolling with the Wi-Fi variant while it finalises terms with the mobile networks.
Microsoft certainly got everyone's attention when it unveiled the Windows 8-powered Surface earlier this week, and for good reason: it's the company's most serious foray yet into the hardware game after decades of success as a software company.
But it was telling that the big reveal came and went without any mention of pricing or availability, and given the fact that the full specification hasn't yet materialised either, it suggests that a fair bit of work still needs to be done before the Surface actually goes on sale.
“The way that Microsoft is positioning this product – that it’s highly mobile but also has the functionality of a notebook – that customer might be more interested in working from any location and not being bound by Wi-Fi,” Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin argues.
Assuming Bloomberg's claims are true (and it sounds entirely plausible), everything will depend on just how much of a delay we're talking about – and indeed when the Wi-Fi-only Surface touches down in the first place.
Microsoft may be new to the mobile hardware game, but it doesn't take much looking to find any number of cautionary tales from the past few years illustrating just how damaging it can be to announce a new product and then keep people waiting months and months for the end product.