Microsoft introduced its Surface Pro with LTE earlier this year and it will release it before the end of 2017. Now, the company announced that it is planning to launch a Surface Pro with built-in LTE Advanced support on December 1st.
Microsoft’s corporate VP for Windows devices, Panos Panay, revealed the news at the company’s Future Decoded event in London.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro with LTE Advanced will be based on Core i5 processor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem. The model will include this LTE chipset and the company is using 20 LTE bands that will allow LTE to work in any country around the world. The new Pro will also feature a Cat 9 modem.
In the announcement, Panay said, “With so many changing locations your device becomes your office, and many of our customers tell us that’s what their Surface is to them – a mobile office.”
Microsoft promises delivery of higher bandwidth with LTE Advanced and download speeds of up to 450 Mbps.
Here, the battery life is the important factor as all of that connectivity is worthless if your device runs out of battery after half an hour. The Surface Pro will require 17 hours of video playback time.
Business customers will be the first to receive the Surface Pro with LTE model on December 1st.
The basic version of the Surface Pro model will include an Intel Core i5 processor, 128 GB SSD, and 4GB RAM. The base model will be priced at $1,149, and the other with an i5 processor and 8GB of RAM model with 256GB of SSD storage will be priced at $1,449.