Microsoft first unveiled its Surface Pro with LTE earlier this year, promising a release before the end of 2017. As the year draws to an end, Microsoft now says it plans to launch the Surface Pro with LTE support on December 1st. If that timing sounds familiar, it’s because a Microsoft employee accidentally revealed it during an Ignite session last month.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro with LTE Advanced (yes, that’s the full model name) will include an Intel Core i5 processor and a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem. Microsoft is using this LTE chipset, with 20 LTE bands, to ensure that anyone can buy this model of Surface Pro and have LTE work in any country around the world. Microsoft isn’t promising any specific battery life for this LTE model, but the company did say the Surface Pro that launched earlier this year would run for up to 13.5 hours watching video. LTE support could impact that, but we’ll have to review the device to find out exactly how.
The Surface Pro with LTE model will be available first to business customers on December 1st. The base model will include an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB of SSD storage, and will be priced at $1,149. Microsoft is also offering an 8GB of RAM model with 256GB of SSD storage for $1,449. Microsoft appears to be targeting this model towards businesses, and the company unveiled it on stage at the business-focused Future Decoded event in London this morning.
Update, 6:20AM ET: Article updated with pricing and exact availability.