Microsoft usually doesn’t show off much at CES, but the company made a surprising announcement. Surface Pro 7 will get some key updates, including removable SSD storage, larger batteries, and LTE connectivity. At least so far, the new Surface Pro 7+ is only for education and business customers.
Removable SSD storage is probably the most unique change Microsoft has made here. The company stated that this is a security feature for commercial organizations that may have “specific data retention standards.” If the drive fails, it can also be repaired more easily, which should make the job of IT administrators easier.
LTE is a very simple feature, but it is limited to the fanless Core i5 configuration. The model with LTE can be used with physical SIM cards and eSMI, and Microsoft said it should be available in more than 180 countries/regions.
As for the battery, the Surface Pro 7+ is by far the largest battery in the Surface, and it is managed by using the first thinner display in the Surface Pro X. Microsoft also made some other improvements, including redesigning the larger vents of the internal cooling system.
Surface Pro 7+ has also undergone a processor upgrade-it can now run on Intel’s 11th-generation Tiger Lake processors with Core i3, i5, and i7 configurations. The i7 model is the only model that requires a fan, so other models should be quiet.
Since Microsoft is positioning this device for business and educational customers, it is not clear if or when you will be able to pop up on the Microsoft website and select a device.
According to The Verge reported that it starts at $899 and is equipped with a Core i3 processor, 8GB RAM, and 128GB storage space.
You can obviously push up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage into the i7 Surface Pro 7+, which will cost you up to $2799. Of course, there are many models between them, including a separate LTE model, which starts at $1,149.