The new Surface Pro will arrive in December says Microsoft executive

Back in May, Microsoft unveiled the sequel to the Surface Pro 4, which it called "the new Surface Pro." Not different enough to earn the Surface Pro 5 moniker, you still might want to call several versions of the tablet the Surface Pro LTE. Models powered by the Core i5 will include built-in LTE connectivity for the first time in Surface Pro history. That limits the LTE support to Surface Pro tablets carrying 4GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of SSD storage, and an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU. As a comparison, the top of the line new Surface Pro model powered by an Intel Core i7 processor features 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of native storage.

If we can repeat ourselves for a second, no previous Surface Pro model has even offered built-in support for LTE. Only the ARM based Surface models that were powered by Windows RT gave users LTE connectivity without requiring the use of a dongle.

Slightly over four months have gone by since the new Surface Pro was unveiled. And during that period of time, nary a word was spoken about the new model. Well, that changes right now. At Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Orlando, an executive from Redmond stated that the new Surface Pro will be released early in December (December 1st, perhaps?). Keep in mind that this was not an official announcement, but it is the only information we have to go on for the release of the next Surface Pro slate.

More information about the Surface Pro LTE models will reportedly be revealed next month at the Future Decoded event. To be held in London, the conference will feature a keynote speech from Surface chief Panos Panay.

source: Neowin via SlashGear



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! Surface Pro, eh? Wait, what? Just what exactly an article regarding a tablet PC doing here at "Phone" Arena, I wonder? That's kinda strange, innit? Well, don't get me wrong. I'm not furious, just a tad curious... That'd be hilarious! (^Cortana taught me that!) G'Day!

2. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

I wish they would upgrade them to the 8th generation of chips. The Surface Book is even worse, it's still on 6th gen! It's long overdue for an upgrade.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2077; Member since: May 26, 2011

Surface Studio isn't any better. For something that was geared towards the pro, spec is too consumer level

3. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

4GB RAM in a “Pro” device? ...In 2017.9? I guess pagefiling isn’t that bad.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

4GB is standard you have the option to get more!

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

They need to switch to Chromebook in Microsoft!!!!!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Chromebook? Please.....the Surface Pro is the most powerful Tablet around. Chromebooks, ipads don't even come near it!

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1604; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Surface 3 powered by Atom had LTE.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

As soon as they are available, I'm ordering a test unit at work.

10. joinboone

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2017

very very nice microsoft :)

11. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Meh, no Thunderbolt 3 port, no buy. Sticking with my Surface Pro 2 for another 2 years or until Thunderbolt 3 comes to a Surface Pro.

13. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The FireWire of the 21st century. Even Intel wants to kill off Thunderbolt these days. It had potential but was rushed to the market with unrepeatable design flaws as a result. No one in their right mind pays 50 bucks for a three foot cable.

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Even Intel wants to kill off Thunderbolt these days." What a load of BS, they're integrating it with their next generation of chipsets and cutting the licensing fee to make it more widely adopted: So, not sure where TF you got that nonsense from.

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Why does a Surface need Thunderbolt? It is a pretty pointless tech. Just buy a product with it?! Or maybe use a Thunderbolt hub of some kind. Maybe they don't want to integrate a feature that only a small few new.

12. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

Waiting for 10nm fanless with 4k screen

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless