Saturday, May 21, 2022

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Now Available… Sort Of

The wait for a version of the Surface Pro with built-in 4G LTE is nearly over. Microsoft has begun offering this model to business customers, with retail availability possibly coming soon.

When the 2017 version of this powerful 2-in-1 was unveiled last spring, Microsoft said that an LTE version would be introduced before the end of the year. The company made that deadline, just not for most buyers.

Surface Pro with LTE

Surface Pro (2017)

Microsoft started offering the LTE-enabled version to business customers on December 1. This version is now listed on the the company’s webstore for enterprise users. But there’s a significant caveat: it’s Out of Stock, and there’s no mention of when it will be on store shelves again.

Potential buyers have been waiting impatiently because this will be the first Surface Pro with integrated 4G. Previous tablets from this company with LTE built in didn’t run the standard version of Windows.

Two Surface Pro with LTE Configurations

Interested shoppers have two choices, as  the Microsoft Store lists one 4G-enhanced version with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage at $1,149, while a second configuration has the same chip but twice as much RAM and storage capacity for $300 more. This means that adding LTE bumps up the price from the standard versions by $150.

Of course, people on the go don’t have to wait, or pay the additional cost. They can get the current version and a mobile hotspot. Or use their phone to provide 4G access to their Windows tablet. Still, many people find it very convenient to have nearly ubiquitous internet access integrated into their computer, and built-in 4G is an option with the Surface Pro’s top competitor, the 12.-inch Apple iPad Pro (2017).


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