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Is the Surface Pro 7 available with LTE?

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Is the Surface Pro 7 available with LTE?

Best answer: No, the Surface Pro 7 is not available with optional LTE. If you're looking for a new Surface device with LTE connectivity, be sure to check out the Surface Pro X.No optional LTE: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (opens in new tab) (From $749 at Microsoft)Lighter and thinner Pro with LTE: Microsoft Surface Pro X (opens in new tab) (From $999 at Microsoft)

Why no LTE for the Surface Pro 7?

Continuing the trend of last-gen Surface Pro 6, the Surface Pro 7 does not have optional LTE available. Despite not having LTE, thanks to 10th Gen Intel Core processors (CPU), the Pro 7 is ready to handle Wi-Fi 6 for blistering wireless speeds.

The lack of LTE would be a lot worse if not for the Surface Pro X, an ARM-powered device that's seen a major overhaul to design and function. Like with the Surface Go that was (and still is) an LTE alternative to the Pro 6, the Pro X provides a closer alternative to the Pro 7 for those who absolutely need to stay connected at all times. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem inside to make it all possible.

What's up with the Surface Pro X?

The Surface Pro X is the thinnest Surface Pro ever, coming at you with a 5.3mm thin chassis and 1.68-pound weight. This is a device you should be able to tuck under an arm and carry with you anywhere easily, and LTE connectivity only adds to its portability.

The Surface Pro X features the new Surface Slim Pen, a take on the classic Pen that's much more compact. Small enough, in fact, to sit in storage in the hinge where it charges automatically. Rounding things out is a 13-inch touch display with 2880x1920 resolution, 1400:1 contrast ratio, and 267 PPI.

As for power, Microsoft worked with Qualcomm to design a custom Microsoft SQ1 chipset. That means this is an ARM-powered device with 7 watts of power, yet it can deliver up to three times more performance per watt than we saw in the Surface Pro 6. It's not going to match up with the high-end Pro 7 models, but it won't be anywhere near a slouch, either. If you need LTE connectivity from a Surface, it's your best bet.

Cale Hunt
Cale Hunt

Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.