Ahead of an expected launch later this month, some of the key features of Microsoft‘s Surface Pro 8 have been confirmed in South Korea.
The details can be found in Microsoft‘s submission to gain certification for the 4G LTE equipped computer in the country. The team at Windows Latest reports:
“If the certification is true, the rumoured Microsoft Surface Pro 8 LTE is now confirmed for the US, European and other markets. The new LTE option is only for those who need it, which means you can still buy the non-LTE variant. According to product listings, the LTE option will be limited to Core i5 and Core i7 models only.”
These details match up with previous leaks on the European portfolio and the inclusion of a cellular data connection to the Windows 10 powered 2-in-1, the first since 2017’s Surface Pro.
Strictly speaking that was not the last Pro to come with a cellular connection. Every model of the ARM-powered Surface Pro X ships with 4G LTE, a natural choice as the ARM architecture lends itself to the inclusion of a hardware modem with much more ease than the x86 architecture.
Nevertheless the Pro X remains very much on the bleeding edge of the Surface range. The Surface Pro 8 is going to have a wider appeal. Not everyone is going to want the extra cost of 4G LTE in the base model, but there will be a subset of the user base that will find the convenience of mobile communications directly from their machine to be a key feature.
With the availability of the 4G LTE model for both the i5 and i7 variants, Microsoft has created a higher tier of the Pro 8. An i3 model is also expected to offer an entry-level tier of the workhorse tablet. With those three broad sweeps, Microsoft will be looking to pitch the Pro 8 to three different demographics.
The Surface Pro 8 is expected to be launched early in 2021.
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