As a Microsoft Device Specialist, I spend a lot of my time helping customers to select the right Microsoft Surface. When demonstrating the Surface family to businesses around Australia, I’m often asked which device best suits a certain team or work style. Fortunately, the Surface suite is incredibly versatile and is designed especially for today’s mobile workforce.
The search for portable, light-weight (yet still powerful) devices, is a growing need I’m seeing from our customer community. ‘The office’ no longer exists in the traditional sense – it’s now your home, a café, a city across the globe, a train or a plane. With so many changing locations your device becomes your office. Surface helps me achieve the anywhere workplace, it can do the same for you!
Already, 77% of people believe they are more productive when offsite1. By 2020, it’s estimated that 72% of the workforce will be mobile and location independent1.
Your device strategy will need to facilitate an anywhere workplace, but today’s professionals already carry between 2-3 gadgets at all times2. Not only can the Microsoft Surface family turbocharge your productivity, the hybrid two-in-one devices like Surface Pro and Surface Book can reduce your load, being both a tablet and PC.
In my opinion, Microsoft’s versatile range of high-performance devices offer a solution for every user and work style. Come December, the Surface suite will become even more powerful, boasting the fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class3.
The Surface Pro with LTE will be available to Microsoft business customers from December 1 (consumers will have to wait until 2018). The updated two-in-one device will sport global 4G connectivity, with support from over 20 cellular bands around the world. Delivering an unmatched, always-connected experience and the freedom to roam virtually anywhere.
Equipped with a Cat 9 modem, Microsoft promises lightning download speeds of 450 Mbps (compared to 300 Mbps for the standard Cat 6 modem of other LTE-enabled devices).
The Surface Pro with LTE will come in two models, both built off an i5 Intel Core processor; one model with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD, the other with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
Of course to keep going all day, from anywhere, you need the battery life to match. The new Surface Pro comes with 50% more battery life than the Surface Pro 4 and is capable of 13.5 hours on a single charge.
With high numbers of commuters and business travellers, regional areas with fewer secure Wi-Fi hotspots and expensive mobile data, the Surface Pro with LTE will be particularly practical for the Australian market. I look forward to this latest advancement in the Microsoft Surface Pro line, it will herald a new degree of mobile flexibility for the anywhere workplace.
Pre-orders are available now for the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced.
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1 Microsoft (2016). Work is not where you go, it’s what you do. [Online] Available at: https://data3.com/knowledge-centre/white-papers/roi-mobile-workforce/
2 Microsoft (2014). 5 ways to turbocharge your productivity with Microsoft Surface. [Online] Available at: https://data3.com/knowledge-centre/white-papers/5-ways-turbocharge-productivity-microsoft-surface/
3 Microsoft (2017). Comparison of Surface Pro with LTE Advanced modem capability of up to 450 Mbps download speed to 12″ and 13″ LTE-enabled laptops and 2-in-1 computers Cat 6 modem maximum download speed of up to 300 Mbps.