Microsoft’s Surface Pro LTE upgrade has appeared in the wild, complete with pricing—and it’s a lot more reasonable than you might expect.
Misco, a U.K. retailer, lists two versions of the Surface Pro LTE for preorder, both based on the Intel Core i5. The first, with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, is priced at about $1,283.11. The second, with 8GB of memory and 256GB of SSD storage, is priced at $1,589.08. Both prices do not include the U.K. VAT, which make them more comparable to what a U.S. retailer could charge.
Microsoft is expected to launch the new Surface Pro with LTE at its Future Decoded event in London at the end of October, which would make Misco’s preorder page a bit premature. The Misco pages do not list an actual ship date, though the "Product Information" tab (shown above) advises potential customers to expect a December delivery.
All of the other specs, including the 12.3-inch PixelSense display, match up with the new Surface Pro’s existing capabilities. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what colors the new Surface Pro (2017) will be available in, though, and Misco didn’t supply a photo.
Microsoft has not confirmed either price, though at press time the shopping pages were still online. If they're accurate, the listed prices are much more in line with what Microsoft’s competitors are offering. We gave Microsoft’s Surface Pro a favorable review, though the Core i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD model Microsoft provided was priced at a relatively astronomical $2,199.
Translated into American dollars, the prices Misco lists fit neatly into Microsoft’s Surface Pro hierarchy. Though we have a complete rundown in our Surface Pro (2017) hub page, here’s how the new configurations would fit in:
- Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $999
- (NEW) Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620(?), 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $1,283
- Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,299
- (NEW) Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620(?), 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD: $1,589
Microsoft already ships a $799 Core m3 model of the Surface Pro as well, though without LTE capabilities.
What this means to you: The Surface Pro LTE shouldn’t come as a surprise, as our original review of the tablet noted that Microsoft planned to ship an LTE variant. It’s also probably a smart idea that Microsoft decided to add the LTE upgrade to its Core i5 models, given how the Core i7 version of the Surface Pro finished in the middle of the pack in terms of battery life. Tacking LTE onto the power-hungry core i7 chip wouldn't have helped.