In those instants where you scratched your head and wondered how it occurred, the release date and specs of Surface Pro LTE appear to have been revealed.
It was done by the staff of the company speaking in a formal capacity on behalf of Microsoft.
Microsoft pledged a model with incorporated LTE for individuals who need on-the-go connectivity when the company announced the 2017 refresh of their Surface Pro Tablet. We have not heard anything about what its specs will be or when will the tablet be available since that first announcement.
The report that the corporate vice president of Microsoft Devices, Panos Panay, will be at a press release in October in London led to a rumor that this will be the instance we learn when will the LTE device be available. That might still be the case.
However, any novelty or surprise to such an announcement was spoiled at its Ignite conference this week. As reported, a spokesperson said at a presentation called “Surface invention engineering out of sight, and going deeper on the new Surface Pro” that the device will be available on December 1. It will come in 2 configurations that will be based on i5 – one 8 GB RAM and 256 GB STORAGE, the other with 4 GB and 128 GB.
It seems that a variant of an i7 won’t likely happen. The i7 Pros are not fanless; the i5 Pros are. According to the rumor, the LTE modem is located where the fans will be. This develops an option – you could have a modem or a fan, but not both (except when you buy two).
According to some reports, the modem would be a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16. It is similar to the Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip that is capable of high-speeds, given an appropriate carrier with the correct combination support. The description of Microsoft of the speeds is more traditional. However, it is still impressive. According to the company, the 450 Mb/s download speeds could be achieved.
The device would have 7 antennas with one LTE/radio band configuration utilized in each market. This would mean that the systems would have huge compatibility with LTE networks, even when internationally used. There would be a support for electronic SIM’s and a physical nano-SIM slot too. However, there is a bad news. The battery life hit from utilizing LTE would be around 10%.