Microsoft is planning to release an LTE version of its Surface Go tablet on November 20th. Preorders are starting today.
The LTE tablet costs $679 for consumers, and it includes 128GB of storage, 8GB RAM and the same 4415Y processor as the other models, it costs $130 more than the equivalent, top-end WiFi version. You’ll need to buy a keyboard separately, as the tablet ships without a Type cover.
The three new versions include:
- Surface Pro with LTE Advanced (8GB RAM, 128GB storage): $679
- Surface Pro with LTE Advanced for Business: (8GB/128GB): $729
- Surface Pro with LTE Advanced for Business (8GB/256GB): $829
Surface Go with LTE Advanced, as the coming devices will be branded, will be available in both consumer and commercial configurations, just like Microsoft’s recently introduced Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6.
The commercial models will ship with Windows 10 Pro (freely switchable to Windows 10 Pro in S Mode).
Surface keyboards for all models will be available separately and cost between $130 for a plastic Type cover and $160 for an Alcantara-covered Type cover.
Surface Go with LTE will be available in both consumer and commercial channels, meaning it will be for sale in Microsoft’s online Store, Microsoft brick-and mortar stores, select third-party stores and via authorized partners.
Microsoft didn’t announce any partnerships or promotions with carriers, so you’ll have to negotiate with a carrier for an additional SIM and/or a pricing plan to accommodate the new LTE capabilities.
The Surface Go seems to be helping push Surface sales in general. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood revealed at the company’s recent earnings report that Surface revenue in the Q1 fiscal 2019 quarter has been driven by Surface Book 2 and Surface Go sales.