Surface Pro LTE might not launch until spring 2018

Updated October 23, 2017: In a statement to Windows Central, a Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the Surface Pro LTE is still on track to be released in 2017. "Surface Pro with LTE will be available later this year. We will have more to share regarding specific timing and market availability in the coming months," the spokesperson said. The original story follows.

The Surface Pro LTE was expected to launch before the year is out, but a recent store listing indicates we may not see it until 2018.

At a session during Microsoft's Ignite conference in late September, Microsoft indicated that the LTE version of its latest Surface Pro would go on sale on December 1. Now, it looks like the device may not arrive until next year.

As spotted by Neowin, the following bit of text briefly appeared on Microsoft's Surface Pro store listing, indicating the Surface Pro with LTE will be available in spring 2018:

When will LTE be available?

The new Surface Pro with LTE will be made avaiable [sic] 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.

The text has since been removed, which raises more questions. It's possible that the addition was a mistake, but it's equally possible that someone simply posted the information before it was supposed go live.

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Microsoft originally announced that it would eventually launch an LTE model during the Surface Pro's initial reveal event in May. Since then, it has been relatively mum on the topic, outside of its mention at Ignite 2017. When it does arrive, LTE is only expected to be available with the Intel Core i5 variants of the Surface Pro. While the Surface 3 had an LTE option, this will mark the first time that LTE has been available on a Surface Pro model.