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Surface Pro 7: All variants to come with LTE as standard?

The new Surface Pro 7 may feature LTE as standard. (Image source: Microsoft)
The new Surface Pro 7 may feature LTE as standard. (Image source: Microsoft)
LTE as standard across all Surface Pro 7 SKUs? That is the latest rumour, with Intel and Qualcomm variants apparently being "always connected". The Surface Pro 7 looks set to disappoint those who were hoping that Thunderbolt 3 would being making its way to Microsoft's new 2-in-1. Read on to find out everything we know about the next Surface Pro.

Microsoft is hosting its Surface Launch Event on October 2, where it is expected to announce the Surface Pro 7, the successor to last year's well-received Surface Pro 6. Microsoft is apparently remaining as conservative as ever with upgrading its 2-in-1, which would be the last device in its Surface line-up to receive a USB Type-C port, along with the Surface Laptop.

Thankfully, that is set to change, with the Surface Pro 7 reportedly coming with a Type-C port instead of a Mini DisplayPort. This should be of no surprise to Surface fans as it would bring the Surface Pro 7 in line with the Surface Go. According to WindowsArea.de, the Surface Connect port will remain, with it being unlikely that the Type-C port will support Thunderbolt 3. While it is probably technically possible to include both Surface Connect and Thunderbolt 3 on one motherboard, there is still some mystery around whether the former uses PCIe. If that is the case, then there may not be enough bandwidth to accommodate Surface Connect and Thunderbolt 3 simultaneously. We could be wrong, of course, and the lack of Thunderbolt 3 could just be cost-saving instead.

The Surface Pro 7 will apparently feature narrower bezels and a thinner chassis than its predecessor, along with new Type Covers too. You can also expect Microsoft to equip the Surface Pro 7 with upgraded CPUs, which will probably be from Intel's 10th generation Core series.

Microsoft usually sells at least one LTE SKU too, which we originally expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx version. However, sources close to WindowsArea.de claim that LTE is also coming to all Intel-powered versions of the Surface Pro 7. We would currently file this as an intriguing theory until we hear more, as Microsoft typically only makes incremental upgrades to its Surface line-up, apart from when it announces a new product.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-08-30 (Update: 2019-08-30)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.