Microsoft disclosed its Surface Pro with LTE earlier this year, hopefully releasing before the end of 2017. As the year draws to an end, Microsoft now reveals its plans to introduce the Surface Pro with LTE support on December 1st. If that timing sounds familiar, it is because a Microsoft employee unintentionally released it during an Ignite session last month.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro with LTE Advanced will contain an Intel Core i5 processor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem. Microsoft is using this LTE chipset, with 20 bands, to ensure that anyone can buy this model of Surface Pro that released beginning of this year would run for up to 13.5 hours watching the video. LTE support could impact that, for that the device needed to be reviewed to find out exactly how.
The Surface Pro with LTE model will be handy first to business customers on December 1st. The base model will contain an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage, and will be cost at$1,149. Microsoft is also offering an 8GB of RAM model with 256GB of SSD storage for $1,449. Microsoft appears to be focusing on this model towards businesses, and the company uncovered it on stage at the business-focused Future Decoded event.
The device also features a Cat 9 modem, making it “the fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class” with download speeds up to 450Mbps, Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay mentioned.
Panos Panay also added, that I comparison to 12- and 13 inch LTE enabled laptops and 2-in-1 machines with Cat 6 modems offer download speeds up to 300Mbps. The new machine “delivers global connectivity with support of 20 cellular bands so you can work, study, create or relax uninterrupted”.
According to the information, the device is LTE Advanced, for the uninitiated, proffers a “major upgrade” over traditional LTE cellular communications technology. It is “designed to provide significantly faster download speeds than LTE” and “offers new features that include emergency call priority, enhanced service in rural areas and machine-to-machine transmission without overloading the network.”