Surface Pro LTE Advanced Review: Perfect 4G LTE laptop of 2018?

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Microsoft Surface Pro LTE is easily the best 4G LTE laptop for 2018. Launched back in December 2018, this 2-in-1 laptop makes use of Nano / eSIM which makes it ideal for those who do not want to carry multiple SIM cards. Called the Surface Pro LTE Advanced, it comes Nano SIM with an option to use eSIM that can switch between cellular providers with inbuilt software. It will on sale starting May 1st 2018.

Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced specifications:

Processor    Core i5 – 7300 U (2 cores 4 threads / 2.6 to 3.5 GHz / cache 3 MB / TDP 15 W)
memory    8 GB
storage    SSD 256 GB
OS    Windows 10 Pro
display    12.3 type 2,736 × 1,824 dots, glossy, 10 point touch compatible
Graphics    Intel HD Graphics 620
network    IEEE 802.11ac compatible, Bluetooth 4.1, Nano SIM card slot, built-in eSIM
LTE compatible band    B1 / 2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/19/20/26/28/29/30/38/39/40/41 (carrier aggregation supported / maximum 450 Mbps)
Interface    USB 3.0, microSD card slot, Surface Connect, Mini DisplayPort, cover port, audio output, 5 million pixels Windows Hello compatible front camera, 8 megapixel rear camera
Size / Weight    Approximately 292.1 × 201.42 × 8.45 mm (width × depth × height) / about 812 grams

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The processor is 7th generation Core i5-7300U which has dual cores and four threads. Without a doubt, the Surface range has got immensely powerful compared to the Surface 3 with Atom processor that has launched just 3 years back. There is Windows Hello compatible five megapixel camera located on the front in centre of panel. There is 8 megapixel rear camera too. There is headphone jack on the left and Mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, Surface Connect, microSD card slot, Nano SIM card slot on the right.

This is how it looks with the kickstand open. The type cover is sold separately. It has unique texture since it makes use of alcantara material. The keys are backlit of course. The key pitch is about 19mm.

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Here are various benchmark scores of the laptop.

PCMark 10 v1.0.1457
PCMark 10 Score    3,096
Essentials    6,589
App Start-up Score    7, 313
Video Conferencing Score    6,634
Web Browsing Score    5,897
Productivity    5,332
Spreadsheets Score    6,838
Writing Score    4, 158
Digital Content Creation    2,292
Photo Editing Score    2,919
Rendering and Visualization Score    1,351
Video Editting Score    3,055

PCMark 8 v 2.8.704
Home Accelarated 3.0    3, 325
Creative Accelarated 3.0    4,418
Work Accelarated 2.0    4, 105
Storage    4,909
3D Mark v 2.4.4264
Time Spy    373
Fire Strike Ultra    227
Fire Strike Extreme    431
Fire Strike    811
Sky Diver    3,194
Cloud Gate    5, 156
Ice Storm Extreme    32, 954
Ice Storm    45, 673

CINEBENCH R 15
OpenGL    42.39 fps
CPU    343 cb
CPU (Single Core)    124 cb

CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0
Q32T1 sequential read    651.900 MB / s
Q32T1 Sequential write    236.251 MB / s
4K Q8T8 random read    143.965 MB / s
4K Q8T8 random write    53.564 MB / s
4K Q32T1 random read    142.997 MB / s
4K Q32T1 random light    52.629 MB / s
4K Q1T1 random read    13.175 MB / s
4K Q1T1 random light    36.955 MB / s

BBench (display brightness 0%, power mode: battery saving function)
Up to 5% battery remaining    12 hours 17 minutes 17 seconds