Surface Go with LTE Advanced Makes Productivity Mobile

Earlier this year Microsoft released the smallest device in its Surface hardware line. Now its sibling, Surface Go with LTE, is finally making its appearance. The small form factor device makes portable productivity a reality within the Microsoft ecosystem.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

November 12, 2018

3 Min Read
Surface Go with LTE Advanced

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Go as the latest member of the Surface family of hardware devices back in July 2018. At just 10 inches, the Surface Go was almost the smallest member of the product line. At that time, two different models were announced with variations in storage size, storage hardware, system RAM, with both having Wi-Fi connectivity. As with past Surface model product announcements, Microsoft said that there would be a Surface Go with LTE available soon.

Well soon has arrived today with the pre-order availability of Surface Go with LTE. As part of the Surface for Business line of products, the LTE-based Surface Go joins the recently released Surface Pro 6 for Business and Surface Laptop 2 for Business as devices that deliver productivity on the move for business customers. The addition of LTE to Surface Go means no more worrying about connectivity for users who need to be out on the road as they move from meeting to meeting during their work day. Rather than needing to find a local place to connect to Wi-Fi or use a customer’s Wi-Fi connection, the LTE connectivity with Surface Go means there is an always-on connection to get work done in those precious minutes between meetings.This also means administrators gain a level of control over the security of the device and its content that isn't possible with questionable Wi-Fi connections. 

Microsoft is offering both a consumer and business version of Surface Go with LTE and the prices for those begin at $679 and $729, respectively. Here are the configuration options for the business version of the new Surface Go with LTE device:

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro configurable to S mode

Dimensions: 9.6 inches x 6.9 inches x .33 inches

Exterior: Magnesium body, kickstand with full friction multi-position hinge (up to 165 degrees), magnetic attach for Type Cover (available separately).

Display: 10-inch PixelSense; Resolution – 1800x1200 (217 PPI); 3:2 Aspect Ratio, 10-point multitouch; Cording Gorilla Glass 3

Processor: Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615

Memory: 8GB RAM 1866Mhz LPDDR3

Storage: 128GB or 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD)

Security: TPM 2.0 for enterprise level security and Windows Hello facial sign-in

Network: Nano SIM Tray; 4G LTE Advanced with 22 Bands; Stand Alone GPS

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth Wireless 4.1

Cameras: Front-facing 5.0MP 1080p with Windows Hello compatibility; 8.0MP rear-facing 1080p with autofocus

Ports: USB Type C; Surface Connect (power & data); MicroSDXC card reader; 3.5mm headphone jack

Sensors: Ambient light; accelerometer; gyroscope; magnetometer

Weight: 1.17 lbs

Microsoft believes the perfect target user for the Surface Go with LTE is going to be firstline workers. By having connectivity available at all times with a cellular based 4G connection, data collected by these workers on the Surface Go with LTE will be immediately available on back-end systems for real-time analysis and action.

In addition, because it is running Windows 10, admins will have full control over the device using management tools like System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to control Group Policy, security with Windows Defender, and the protection of critical customer and company data.  

As mentioned earlier, pre-orders begin today with shipping/availability on Nov. 20. Microsoft has told us that Surface Go with LTE Advanced will be available in 23 markets by Nov. 22. Further expansion is expected in the coming months.

About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – AnotherWin95.com – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and WindowsObserver.com is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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