Don’t expect to see a new Surface arrive in 2017. Microsoft, according to Neowin, will instead pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 modem into an existing Surface and release the device by the end of the year. While not an entirely new device, the upgraded model will be compatible with all cellular networks.
A Microsoft employee confirmed at Ignite, the company’s annual conference for developers and IT professionals, that the Surface Pro with LTE is scheduled to be released on December 1. It’s the same Surface Pro which debuted back in May but this model is capable of working on an LTE connection instead of WiFi only. On top of that, it’ll be compatible with all networks throughout the world and not on select bands depending on where you purchased the device.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 should debut in the Surface Pro with LTE before heading to more Windows-based devices in 2018.
Microsoft is hosting a launch event on October 31 in London, and it seems that’ll be when the LTE-ready Surface Pro will debut. The presentation will feature an appearance by Panos Panay, the man who leads the Surface team at Microsoft.