Unveiled during the during the software giant's Future Decoded conference in London, the new Surface Pro with LTE Advanced model will allow users to connect to compatible 4G cellular networks beginning next month.
"We are at the edge of a major technology shift towards more intelligent computing - one fueled by the rise of data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning", the company said in a blog post.
Consumer Reports recently said that, following the recent release of the Surface Book 2, it would not change its decision to remove the recommended status from Microsoft Surface products on reliability grounds until it had fully tested the device.
Wi-Fi-only Core i5 configs, mind you, are priced at $999 and $1,299 respectively, so business customers looking for complete mobility need to pay pretty big premiums. The LTE Advanced promised higher bandwidth and downloading speed of up to 450 Mbps, in comparison to other LTE-enabled devices which is 300 Mbps for a standard Cat 6 modem. While sales of Surface tablets and laptops slumped during the quarter ending March 31 this year, with revenue falling 26 percent year-on-year to $831 million, they were up 12 percent year-on-year for the most recent quarter - a rise that Microsoft attributes to the release of the Surface Laptop. Microsoft says that it will run 13.5 hours on video playback.
With a Cat 9 modem, the Surface Pro with LTE promises some of the best LTE performance around, as well as fierce processing power thanks to the Intel Core i5 chip.
The Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced (not the industry's greatest name, by the way) will "begin shipping to business customers in December", expressly targeting workforce mobility. If that timing sounds familiar, it's because a Microsoft employee accidentally revealed it during an Ignite session last month. The 4 GB model will come with 128 GB of SSD (Solid State Drive) storage. It also supports accessories like the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial. Plus, this time there will be two versions of the Surface Book 2: the normal 13.5-inch and a new 15-inch model.