Microsoft's LTE-enabled 'Surface Pro 8 for Business' is not coming until 2022

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Microsoft's LTE-enabled 'Surface Pro 8 for Business' is not coming until 2022
The Surface Pro 8 stole the limelight last week with its "virtually edge to edge" 13-inch display supporting state-of-the-art 120Hz refresh rate technology, as well as a huge processing speed upgrade over its 2019 predecessor, but if you paid close attention to Microsoft's product announcement, you may have noticed that the company left out any mention of LTE Advanced connectivity.

Obviously, that doesn't mean the 2-in-1 powerhouse will lack the option to stay connected wherever its owners go, but rather that said option is not exactly right around the corner.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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Unlike all the Wi-Fi-only Surface Pro 8 configurations that are already up for pre-order ahead of an October 5 shipment start, the LTE-enabled variants are vaguely slated for 2022 availability. That's according to Microsoft's own business-centric product webpage, mind you, which means there's absolutely no hope for a commercial release by the end of this year now.

Intriguingly, the aptly named "Surface Pro 8 for Business" is set to come with your choice of Intel Core i7, i5, or i3 processors, unlike the consumer-oriented model, which can only be had with Intel Core i5 or i7 power... for some reason. Unfortunately, the entire enterprise-friendly pricing structure is still under wraps, while the most affordable "regular" Surface Pro 8 unit costs $1,099.99... with no keyboard cover or Surface Pen included.

If you need an always-connected Surface earlier than next year, you can get the early 2021-released Pro 7+ with LTE for as little as $1,149.99 or a Microsoft SQ2-powered Pro X with a whopping 16GB RAM and speedy 256GB SSD on deck in addition to standalone cellular technology at $1,499.99 right now.

Alas, the much cheaper Surface Pro X versions with SQ1 power, LTE, less memory, and/or less storage are currently unavailable through Microsoft's official US e-store, although other retailers may well have you covered if you know where to look.

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