The new Surface Pro laptop has been released for months now and it’s considered as one of the best devices to afford right now. I have to say this is a perfect system, but it still misses one thing that should make our job much easier, yeah it is a LTE support. Sometimes it’s tough and not that portable to always connected into the WIFI all the time and becoming much worse when its coverage is low. It feels much better if we can just put of our SIM card and connected into our carrier network. This is a good time right now because Microsoft finally announces the LTE version for Surface.
In term of connectivity and design, you won’t see something different here as they put the same exact thing here. The most interested thing to see here how the LTE support affect to the performance and the battery life. I think its worth for us to take look inside and how it works on us on satisfying our needs. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without much further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Design and Impression
Like I said before, there is not much to talk about the design here because I have reviewed this unit for month for right now. The dimensions, measurement, and build quality are the same, so better to see our previous article here to see more detail about it. The only exterior different made here is located on the SIM card slot that you can find on its rear panel. It’s placed beneath the kickstand, so just extended it and you will get the right access into it. There is a SIM ejector included on the package and pushes it back and put or removes your card. Beside than the case, I did not find any difference at all here.
This laptop supports for LTE bands 20 which is used in most of countries right now and means you have a chance to seamless connected to your network. I never find any issue on connection here and still getting much pretty great connection even when I am living in rural area. Keep in mind how strong your connection is depended on your carrier support. Talking about carrier support, everything is unlocked here without any limitation and users are able to put any SIM they want. Surface is finally becoming a perfect machine for traveling.back to menu ↑
The Window 10 is pre-installed as the main operating system and equipped with Intel Core I5 7330U and 8GB RAM as your companion to do anything. As for the storage, you have a 256GB fast SSD which is dependable for saving and transferring your data. With this hardware configuration, I think you will never have any problem in term of performance even for heavy activities like editing photo and doing video rendering. The entire applications are running smooth although with its limited ram support. I just hope it has at least 16GB RAM as it’s much safer for future usage.
For supporting of your multimedia and productivity usage, you get of a 12.3 inch screen with 2736 x 1824 resolution. The panel looks very bright and manages to deliver of detail and crisp images. The screen itself is fully supported with touchscreen support, but the stylus pen is not included here for some reasons and the users need to buy it separately for around 60 dollars. I do not really know why Microsoft decided not to include it as they put it in the previous version. I think cutting the budget is not a good reason here as the price range is similar and even more expensive here.
|Microsoft Surface Pro LTE||Main Specs|
|CPU||Intel 7th Gen Core I5-7330U 2.7 GHz|
|Graphics||Intel HD Integrated Card|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Memory||8GB DDR4 Memory|
Performance and Battery Test
The hardware component they put here is not comparable with most of laptops right now that coming with 8th generation processor. As the comparable, I am going to put of Lenovo Miix 520 here that has the similar specifications. Testing it with PCMark 8 it scores for 3,0032 points which is below of Miix 520 that scores for 3,433 points. The result is not bad here and the reason its lower than 520 is because the screen resolution here. The 2736 X 1824 resolution drops the performance little bit, but not giving big impact on real usage experience. Not that impressive, but capable enough to take your daily tasks.
As for the battery life, the company promises that it should give up to 13.5 hours of battery life, but for most all of time I only get around 13 hours in my maximum usage. I tried to reduce the brightness and put it to the power saving mode and not giving much different. It’s not a big problem for me as 13 hours is more than enough to do all of my activities in a day. Just do not expect the battery to run that long especially when you are depending on cellular network.back to menu ↑
The new Surface version is not bringing any new or more impressive thing to see here, but it does has one thing that everyone needs. The LTE support is important for most of users that always need to connect into the network. There is a WIFI, but you probably know there are some limitations that we must have for this case. It’s good to see Microsoft listening to us and finally make their back with this version. This might be the good time for swapping your old laptop with this product. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. Make sure to check our other articles.