Back in May, Microsoft promised that a future chronicle of a Surface Pro would embody discretionary LTE capabilities, as prior Surfaces did. At a Future Decoded discussion in London, Microsoft delivered, announcing Tuesday that a revamped Surface Pro with LTE would boat in December.
It’s approaching that a Cat 9 modem on a new Surface Pro with LTE will support 20 mobile bands opposite a globe, yet no specific deals were announced with particular carriers. There will be dual configurations, both formed on a Core i5: one with 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage, for $1,149; and a second, with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage, for $1,449.
Those sum endorse an progressing report, where U.K. selling site Misco had prematurely posted details of a Surface Pro with LTE and suggested a Dec shipping date. That listing—quickly removed—showed shipping prices about $100 aloft than what Microsoft is indeed charging.
As a reminder, here’s how a new configurations would fit into a existent Surface Pro Core i5 hierarchy. (We have a finish outline in our Surface Pro (2017) hub page.)
- Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $999
- (NEW) Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD + LTE: $1,149
- Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,299
- (NEW) Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD + LTE: $1,449
Why this matters: It’s substantially a intelligent thought that Microsoft motionless to supplement a LTE ascent to a Core i5 models, given how a Core i7 chronicle of a Surface Pro finished in a center of a container in terms of battery life. Tacking LTE onto a power-hungry core i7 chip wouldn’t have helped Microsoft in a energy department, as our Surface Pro review indicated.