Microsoft is starting to receive preorders today, Nov 12, for its promised Surface Go with inbuilt LTE support. The devices will be generally available in the US and Canada starting Nov 20 and in 21 additional countries as of November 22.
Surface Go with LTE Advanced, as the coming devices would be branded, will be available in both consumer and commercial configurations, just like Microsoft’s recently introduced Surface Laptop 2.
The consumer models, which is coming with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of storage, plus Windows 10 Home in S Mode will start at $679. The Surface Go is currently the only Surface device that Microsoft ships by default by default with a version of Windows 10 in S Mode. S Mode allows the users to run Microsoft Store apps only and is more secure because of this.
The commercial models are going to ship with Windows 10 Pro. And an 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage model will start at $729, and the 8 GB RAM/256 GB of the storage model for just $829.
Surface keyboards for all the models will be available separately and cost between $130 for a plastic cover and $160 for an Alcantara-covered cover.
Surface Go with LTE is going to be available in both consumer and commercial channels, which means that it will be for sale in Microsoft’s online Store, Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores, selected third-party stores and via authorized partners. Microsoft is offering finance for the devices through its Surface All Access and Surface All Access for Business programs.
AT&T, Verizon, DoCoMo, SoftBank, KDDI, EE UK, Vodafone UK, and Sprint will be supporting the Surface Go with LTE right out of the gate.
Microsoft had introduced the original Surface Go earlier this summer. The 10.1-inch devices which feature Pentium Gold processors are targeted at first-line workers, education and consumers who want a light and portable device.
Microsoft officials are marketing Surface Go with LTE Advanced commercial devices, which are part of the “Always Connected PC” family, as especially well-suited to first-line workers, because they can alleviate dependence on WiFi at job sites and tethering.
Microsoft offers 3 models of Surface Go without LTE built in so far. There’s one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC storage starting at just $399; one with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage starting at just $499, and another with 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of SSD storage starting at just $549.