Microsoft has been talking about the Surface Pro LTE ever since the launch of the regular Surface Pro. The company finally shared details of the LTE version of its Surface Pro device back in October and started shipping to business customers earlier this month through the sales channel meant for businesses. And that makes sense since the LTE variant of the device is targeted towards business customers.
But if you are a regular consumer and want to get your hands on the device, you can now grab one from the Microsoft Store online, reports Neowin. The LTE variant of the Surface Pro is an “always connected” device, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X16 LTE modem capable of providing up to 450mbps download speeds. The LTE variant also has more of a streamlined design of the device as it does not have the grey bands that, in my opinion, ruin the look of the regular Pro.
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Microsoft’s selling the Surface Pro with LTE for $1,149, and that will get you 128GB of storage, the Intel Core i5, and 4GB RAM. The regular Pro with the same specs is available for $999, in case you’re wondering. If 4GB of RAM isn’t enough for you, Microsoft is selling the 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage for $1,449 as well. You can get them both here.
<p>I got mine when they first went on sale for businesses. I hadn't owned a SP since the SP3 and Microsoft has done a really nice job refining them. The slight chamfering of the edges around the front glass is a really nice touch. Performance is strong and the lack of any fan is awesome. The LTE connectivity is much better than my old S3, and it connected automatically during setup even before I could connect my wifi. The one device can be used on any carrier.</p>
<p>If this thing was a real LAPTOP and could be used on one's lap without having to carefully balance a wiggly keyboard and kickstand and then not move a muscle the entire time it is there, lest it go crashing to the floor, I would buy one. But sadly, it is not, on any count. Surfaces are table-top devices only. </p>
<p>I am very interested to see how this turns out. The Microsoft blog community is making such a big deal out of this. All in all, I don't think that an LTE feature is going to be a big deal or a game changer in the (business) market because of the added costs associated with it. Perhaps high end companies can do it, since they can simply pass the costs to their customers or clients. However, for lower end companies that compete in price and issue smartphones to their workers, the question would be "Why issue LTE tablet/laptops, when one can tether the internet to the phone?" </p><p>It's so easy to tether an iPhone or an Android phone to computer. Of course there is the backdoor way to set the phone to tether, like in Android. However, I know there are companies that have special tethering apps developed, where all one can do is press a single button and BAM, instant tethering. Just takes two clicks. Click One, open the App. Click Two, press the button. LOL…it's so much cheaper than opening a separate data account from a provider.</p><p>For the life of me, I can't find data that shows 2-in-1 tablet/laptop marketshare. I really would like to know how TRULY well the Microsoft Surface line is doing. I remember Paul stating in a podcast, the rank of PC Vendors, where Microsoft was ranked 6th. LOL…it could be 5th or 7th, but I forgot. Anyway,I remember being shocked, by the information at the time, since Microsoft always makes it seem like they are leading the charge to the PC Revival. </p>