Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is now available for preorder to consumers. Initially positioned and sold as a business-oriented system, the Surface Pro with LTE is now widely available to the general public.
Microsoft is offering two versions of the LTE device including a Core i5 7300U, 4GB RAM, and 128GB storage, for $1,149, and the same processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage for $1,449. Currently, only the more expensive version is available to preorder. If consumers want a Type Cover keyboard or a Surface Pen with every Surface Pro then they will have to pay extra.
It’s the first Surface computer that will enable you to stay online anywhere with this 2-in-1 hybrid tablet.
This Surface Pro weighs 1.79-pound and measures measuring a slim 0.33 by 11.5 by 7.9 inches (HWD) dimensions. As it is pretty much identical to the non-LTE model, it shares the same design.
The new model includes an embedded SIM card that lets you use a pay-as-you-go plan through the Windows Store. The company has not yet revealed many details about the data plan for the Always Connected PCs.
Microsoft is offering 200MB for one day ($4.99), 1GB for 15 days ($13.99), and 3GB for 30 days ($29.99).
The eSIM capability makes the connecting process to LTE networks as well as sign up to temporary data plans easier when travelling.
The Surface Pro with LTE’s maximum performance potential is lower.
According to Microsoft, the battery life of the LTE Pro lasts 12.5 hours between charges but that’s based on a looping video test and not real-world usage.