Microsoft has a good excuse for the Surface Pro's late arrival in the UK: the company claims that demand in the US stripped its cupboards bare, leaving nothing but RT crumbs to sell on this side of the Atlantic. In any case, Redmond tells us that a date has now been set, with the Core i5-powered tablet due to be available from Microsoft's online store from May 23rd. For once, Brits can look forward to dollar-equivalent pricing, with the 64GB version going for £719 and the 128GB model fetching £799 inclusive of VAT. (That may not be cheap, but at least it's fair.) Meanwhile, the bendy Touch Cover will continue to cost £99, and the more traditional key action of the Type Cover will add another tenner on top of that. So, there it is. Just in time for Haswell to make us wonder when a more power-efficient sequel might be coming out.
Surface Pro Comes to the UK
Surface Pro available from 23 May in the UK
UK - 16.05.13- Microsoft today announced that Surface Pro will be available for purchase in the UK beginning 23rd May.
Surface Pro is designed to showcase Windows 8 Pro and represents exceptional value, providing customers with a fully functional Windows 8 PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet. With an estimated retail price of £719 for the 64GB configuration, and £799 for the 128 GB configuration, Surface Pro will be available online at http://www.microsoftstore.co.uk. A range of accessories for the Surface Pro is also available. These include Touch Cover - a super-thin, spill resistant cover with a pressure sensitive keyboard that comes in a variety of colours as well as a Type Cover – one of the thinnest mechanical keyboards available, HD AV and VGA adaptors and the Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition.
"The response to Surface RT has already been great to see," said Robert Epstein, UK Surface Lead "There has been strong anticipation for Surface Pro in the UK and we're excited to be able to offer people a fully blown Windows 8 PC packed with powerful processing features in the innovative Surface design."
The Surface family of devices represents an extension of the Windows experience, letting customers work easy, play hard, and connect with the people who matter to them. Surface lets customers transition between entertainment and creation. It offers an ultra-light durable casing and an integrated kickstand and cover that allow customers to be productive anywhere, as well as a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for adding additional storage and a 16:9 widescreen high-definition display that makes it optimal for viewing and sharing content easily.
Surface Pro, powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, is equivalent to a full-blown Windows 8 laptop that also boasts tablet capabilities. For the first time, customers can have a fully functional PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet and allows handwriting and sketching with the Surface pen in a natural and intuitive way. With Surface Pro, customers can do virtually everything they have ever done on a PC, ranging from using their favourite desktop applications to enjoying the protection of world-class safety and security software.
Additional details on Surface are available at http://www.Surface.co.uk, the Surface Blog and Surface on Facebook. Those interested can follow Surface on Twitter for additional updates.