Microsoft starts selling the Surface Pro 8 with LTE modems, starting at US$1,299.99
Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 8 in September, its second Surface Pro refresh in 2021 after the Surface Pro 7 Plus. While the Surface Pro 7 Plus brought LTE support to the platform, Microsoft did not carry this over to the Surface Pro 8. Oddly, the Surface Pro X, with which the Surface Pro 8 shares its design, contains an LTE modem.
To Microsoft's credit, it finally brought a new design to x86 Surface Pro machines, along with a 120 Hz display and Thunderbolt 4. It was silent on LTE support for the Surface Pro 8 though, as Windows Central noted in October. At the time, the website concluded that an LTE configuration would not 'become available until 2022'. Windows Central's prediction has come true, but only as the Surface Pro 8 for Business.
Currently, Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 8 for Business with an LTE modem from US$1,299.99. However, its price can rise to US$1,849.99, depending on which configuration you choose. The LTE modem in question is the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20, for reference, which Qualcomm integrates within the Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 8cx series.
Unlike their consumer counterparts, Surface Pro 8 for Business models also come with Windows 11 Pro licenses. Even though Microsoft lists LTE configurations for businesses, anyone can purchase them. All orders placed with Microsoft qualify for free shipping.