After a lengthy wait, the Surface Go with LTE Advanced is on the way. Microsoft has opened pre-orders for its 2-in-1, which starts at $679 for consumers. That’s $130 more than similar non-LTE models.
The tablets are seen as an affordable alternative to the company’s Surface Pro line, while also being more portable. That smaller size comes with the desire to work comfortably on the Go, and LTE should enable that.
Unfortunately, consumer models still ship with Windows 10 S Mode, though they can be upgraded to Pro at no extra cost. For the price, you’ll get a fairly standard 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and an Intel 4415Y.
Currently, LTE isn’t available for lower spec models, which have just 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. However, there are business variants which have higher specs and start at $729.
Of course, additional costs begin once you factor in the cost of the Surface Go’s Type Keyboard Cover and Pen. The keyboard will set users back $130, the Pen $100, and the mouse an additional $35. That puts the cost of a fully loaded Surface Go with LTE at $944 or $994.
For business, Microsoft is saying this upgrade will reduce reliance on insecure public networks while allowing connections in more remote locations. Out of the box, the Surface Go will be supported by AT&T, Verizon, SoftBank, DoCoMo, EE, Sprint, and Vodaphone.
The LTE enabled devices will become available in the US and Canada on November 20 and 21, before rolling out to other markets on November 22.