Now that mobile computing is shrinking down to thin-and-light designs and convertible form factors, the smartphone isn’t quite the major focal point in our Facebook trolling and email reading. And while you can still hop on the internet outside the home using your phone as a hotspot, the setup process is annoying. All we want is to open our laptops and just surf with no manual connections required. This is where our list of the best laptops with LTE comes into play.
With the recent push for “always connected” PCs, you’ll want to know what’s the best of the best along with the data plans that support them. Our list details the best that you can find, in our opinion, along with three other great picks. Here you’ll find LTE connectivity, up to 10th-generation Intel CPUs, great battery life, great screen resolutions, and more to create the best laptops with LTE you can purchase right now. Stay tuned, though, because a number of 5G laptops were announced at CES 2020 and will offer even better performance.
Surface Pro X
The Surface Pro X may not have the largest screen in our batch, but it’s an innovative addition to Microsoft’s Surface Pro line. It’s built around an ARM processor, the SQ1, that’s a joint effort between Microsoft and Qualcomm and promises always-connected performance and long battery life. It comes with LTE connectivity by default, meaning you can configure it how you want and access the internet wherever you go.
Pricing starts at $1,000 for a version with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. You can spend $1,800 for 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. No matter which you choose, you’ll get a black chassis that’s the sleekest and most modern of any Surface Pro to date.
The display is a slightly larger 13-inch model at a high 2,880 x 1,920 resolution, and it enjoys smaller bezels than the standard Surface Pro 7. You’ll get two USB-C ports, a Surface Connect port, and a nano SIM slot for the LTE connectivity. You’ll want to save some money for the Surface Type Cover ($140) and Surface Slim Pen ($145), neither of which are included in the base price.
HP Spectre x360 13
The newly revised HP Spectre x360 13 is the best 360-degree convertible 2-in-1 on the market, hands down. It offers a choice of low-power Full HD or 4K AMOLED displays, but unfortunately, if you want LTE then you’re stuck with the Full HD option. That’s not a terrible thing, though, because it offers great display performance while also stretching out battery life thanks to its low-power technology.
You’ll enjoy Intel 10th-gen CPUs with Iris Plus graphics, making this a great portable powerhouse for creative types. The keyboard and touchpad are second to none, and the included active HP Pen is great for drawing or handwriting on the touch display.
For ports, the Spectre x360 13 includes two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, a USB-A 3.1 port, a Micro SD card reader, and a headphone jack. Connectivity is provided by Intel Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth 5, and Intel’s XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro provides always-connected performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Lenovo’s 7th-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the largest laptop in our bunch with a 14-inch screen. But in this case, you have six starting points to customize the laptop to fit your needs, including processor options ranging from the 8th-generation Core i5-8265U to the 1oth-gen Core i7-10710U sporting the same integrated UHD Graphics 620 component.
This laptop provides options for a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display with a brightness of 400 nits and a 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) display with a brightness up to 500 nits and support for Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR). Memory is served up in either 8GB or 16GB configurations, and you have a choice of storage solutions spanning 256GB to 1TB on an M.2 SSD. All of this is powered by a 51WHr battery.
For ports, the ThinkPad provides two USB-A ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one headphone / microphone combo jack, one Micro SD card reader, and a fingerprint reader for password-free logins into Windows 10. Wireless connectivity consists of Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6 on versions with Intel’s 10th-gen CPU. An optional Fibocom L850-GL 4G LTE Advanced Cat 9 adds $100 to the total price and provides download speeds of up to 450Mbps.
Asus NovaGo ($700)
The Asus NovaGo falls under the “always connected” umbrella, promising a constant internet connection. It relies on the Snapdragon 835 chip and Snapdragon X16 LTE Cat 16 modem, promising a super-long battery life of up to 22 hours on a single charge via a 52WHr battery.
The NovaGo sports the second-largest screen in our batch measuring 13.3 inches with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It’s backed by the Snapdragon chip’s integrated Adreno 540 graphics and an unusual 6GB of system memory – typically we see 4GB, 8GB, 16GB or 32GB. The 128GB storage plays host to Windows 10 in S Mode, meaning the platform is locked to Microsoft Store apps until you upgrade to Home or Pro.
Other goodies thrown into the convertible include two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, a headphone / microphone combo jack, a Micro SD card slot supporting up to 256GB cards, a front-facing 720p camera, and a Nano SIM card tray for your wireless carrier’s SIM card. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.1 and old-school Wireless N.
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