Finally, there’s a release date for the Surface Pro with LTE. The latest Surface Pro was announced back in May, but Microsoft is just getting around to releasing the LTE-ready model as 2017 nears an end.
Microsoft’s 2-in-1 device is being positioned as a business-focused product for people who need to get work done away from a Wi-Fi network.
Added to the LTE-ready unit is a Category 9 LTE Advanced modem. It’s capable of hitting 450 megabits per second for downloads, and the model supports twenty different bands. Because of the large number of bands, you should be able to take the Surface Pro with LTE into different countries and use it flawlessly. Just make sure you have a compatible SIM card for a specific country’s networks.
Specifications between the existing model and the soon-to-be-released model are identical, though the Surface Pro with LTE will only be offered in two configurations. Business customers can choose between 4GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. Both come with Intel’s Core i5 processor.
Whenever there’s a laptop or tablet introduced that can operate on an LTE network, there are concerns about battery life. Microsoft, however, says battery life for this device should be the same as the Wi-Fi-only unit. As long as you stay on a single type of connection, there should be no difference in battery life.
The official release date for the Surface Pro with LTE is Friday, December 1. Pricing starts at $1,149 and then jumps to $1,399 if you need more storage.