Microsoft’s Surface Pro LTE might not emerge until spring 2018

At the close of last month, Microsoft announced that the Surface Pro LTE would go on sale come December 1, but now it appears that the spin on the hybrid, which sports cellular connectivity, might not be out until next spring.

As Neowin reports, Microsoft updated its product page for the Surface Pro LTE to state that: “The new Surface Pro with LTE will be made available for purchase at retail Spring 2018. We're excited to bring you a Surface Pro that is now faster, lighter, quieter, and more connected than ever.”

Note that this information was detailed in the FAQ of Microsoft’s online store on the product page for the 2-in-1, although it appears to have since been removed.

Does that mean it’s inaccurate? Or does it simply mean someone at Microsoft accidentally divulged this delay when they weren’t supposed to? It certainly seems an odd mistake to make if it’s the former…

LTE lateness

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification, but it seems like a delay is quite possibly in the cards. If we have to wait until spring, that means March at the earliest, and that would represent a three-month delay on the previously announced on-sale date.

Note that when it does arrive, the Surface Pro with LTE will only be available with a Core i5 processor, and there’ll be no Core i7 model (apparently due to issues with fitting in the LTE modem and the Core i7 CPU’s fan).

So that’s one compromise buyers will have to live with on the performance front, although the trade-off is, of course, being able to work online while on the move.

Meanwhile, if you’re eyeing other Surface hardware which is actually currently on sale, we are hoping to see some impressive discounts on Microsoft’s hybrids when Black Friday arrives.

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Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).