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.