Microsoft Suface Pro 2017 now available for pre-order for $799 USD
- Intel Core m3/ 4 GB RAM/ 128 GB SSD/ $799 USD
- Intel Core m5/ 4 GB RAM/ 128 GB SSD/ $999 USD
- Intel Core i5/ 8 GB RAM/ 256 GB SSD/ $1299 USD
- Intel Core i7/ 8 GB RAM/ 256 GB SSD/ $1599 USD
- Intel Core i7/ 16 GB RAM/ 512 GB SSD/ $2199 USD
- Intel Core i7/ 16 GB RAM/ 1 TB SSD/ $2699 USD
Additionally, students will receive a 10 percent discount on any SKU and can potentially bring down the price of the entry-level model to just $719 USD. Users must provide either student documentation, a valid school email, or school account credentials to quality for the Microsoft-sponsored discount.
Judging by the prices and specifications above, the Core m SKUs will likely be passively cooled not unlike the Core m Surface Pro 4 SKUs. The price gaps grow quickly between SKUs and so users will have to shell out well over $1200 USD for the base Core i5 model. Microsoft will once again forego the Core i3 in an attempt to create a wider performance gap between the <$1000 Core m and >$1000 Core i SKUs.
Microsoft officially revealed the long-rumored Surface Pro 4 refresh last week in China to mixed results. While the chassis will be slightly thinner and lighter with eSIM and nano-SIM options, its overt lack of USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 will surely irk power users. The competing HP Elite x2 1012 G1 and upcoming Eve V tablet both sport USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 for a wider range of docking options than the new Microsoft tablet.