Microsoft expanding Surface Pro availability to over 20 countries
Though Microsoft’s Surface Pro launched in February the Windows 8 tablet is currently only available in the U.S., Canada, and China. China was actually the first country outside the North American continent to receive the Surface Pro, where the tablet launched earlier this month.
Through a blog post Microsoft is now announcing that by the end of May the Surface Pro will become available to residents of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. By the end of June, the tablet will also be available in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand.
As a refresher, the Surface Pro comes with an Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7 GHz), 4GB RAM, and 64 or 128 GB SSD options, all behind a 10.6" 1920x1080 pixel display. There’s also a USB 3.0 port, a microSDXC card slot, mini DisplayPort, dual cameras and Bluetooth 4.0. Pricing in the U.S. starts at $899.
By Microsoft’s own admission, the company has so far struggled to keep the 128GB version Surface Pro in stock. The company now claims stock to be ‘consistent’ and is focusing on future countrywide launches to have the necessary volume of devices “to do each launch well”. Microsoft pointed out that further details on launch events, retail availability, and pricing will be announced on its Surface Blog and via Twitter.
Microsoft also announced the upcoming availability of Surface RT tablets in Malaysia on April 25th, in Mexico by the end of May and in Korea and Thailand in June.