Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Microsoft's Surface gets 4G for mobile work

Microsoft has optimized Windows 10 for the Surface Pro LTE Microsoft has optimized Windows 10 for the Surface Pro LTE
Theresa Hayes | 08 March, 2018, 05:21

It's worth noting that the Core i5 included is the only processor available with LTE.

Microsoft said it received feedback from customers who wanted more following the launch of its Surface Pro here, said Microsoft Singapore's Windows and Devices business group lead Ms Veronica Chiu.

The Surface Pro's mobile connectivity allows users to easily connect to the Internet without WiFi connection. The Microsoft Store did not offer the product outright, and most retailers both online and physical were unable to sell the items. Microsoft is aware of this, and therefore, with its latest device, it is trying to woo business professionals mainly. Regular consumers were intentionally left out until now, wherein anyone can place an order for the LTE-ready variant.

Microsoft offers two versions of the LTE device for businesses, one at $1,149 with a Core i5 7300U processor, 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, and the other priced at $1,449 with the same processor but 8GB of RAM.

Last May, Microsoft debuted its new Surface Pro that succeeded the Surface Pro 4. RAM sizes for each of the available versions were 4 GB and 8 GB, respectively.

The flawless productivity companion for everyone, from students to boardroom executives, the Surface Laptop is the optimal blend of all the features that Microsoft customers have been asking - combining form and function, power and portability, security and performance. A visible plastic strip is integrated into the frame for its LTE antennas. It is equipped with a Qualcomm X16 modem, which is capable of receiving up to 20 bands of LTE service.

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced is now available for preorder to consumers. The higher-tier chipset is paired with a fan on the regular non-LTE model, which occupies the space used for the LTE modem, yet it really depends if the manufacturer will revisit the internal design to accommodate the components needed in the future. Those looking to complete the set with a Type Cover keyboard and a Surface Pen will have to pay extra.