When the 2017 version of the Surface Pro was unveiled last spring, Microsoft said that a version with built-in 4G LTE would be available before the end of the year. Now, the company quietly admits it’s not going to make that deadline.
The initial announcement excited some shoppers because this will be the first Surface Pro with LTE. Previous tablets from this company with integrated 4G didn’t run the standard version of Windows.
As recently as last month, Microsoft reportedly planned to introduce the LTE-enabled version on December 1.
However, the product page for the Surface Pro (2017) has now been updated with “The new Surface Pro with LTE will be made avaiable [sic] for purchase at retail Spring 2018.” This means that the 4G version won’t reach buyers’ hands until about a year after the WiFi-only one did.
Of course, those on the go can get the current version and a mobile hotspot. Or use their phone to provide 4G access to their Windows tablet. Still, many people find it very convenient to have nearly ubiquitous internet access integrated into their computer, and built-in 4G is an option with the Surface Pro’s top competitor, the 12.-inch Apple iPad Pro (2017).