Microsoft’s Surface Pro doesn’t yet come with integrated mobile broadband, so if that’s what you’re after, Samsung’s Windows 8 tablet might be worth a look. The company announced Monday that it has a new model of its Windows 8 slate, the ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T, which comes with a built-in LTE radio. The 11.6-inch tablet with docking keyboard can roam around the country on AT&T’s LTE network when Wi-Fi can’t be found.
The connectivity comes at a cost though: Samsung’s retail price for this particular model is $1,599. Hopefully, that’s just a suggested price because the non-LTE version of the slate lists for $1,199.99 and can be had for slightly less online. Connectivity is certainly valuable — especially when there’s none to be found — but a $400 premium seems a bit excessive.
Aside from the integrated mobile broadband radio, I see no other differences in this tablet and the non-LTE model.
It runs on Intel’s Core i5-3317U processor with Intel 4000 graphics, includes 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of flash storage memory, and comes with Microsoft Windows 8. The 11.6-inch touchscreen provides 1920 x 1080 resolution and attaches to a full keyboard dock for laptop use. Samsung estimates the the 1.98 pound tablet to run for up to 8 hours on a single charge.