Microsoft has announced that it will finally release its Surface Pro Windows 8 tablet to the Australian market on 30 May at an entry price of AU$999.
In a post to the Microsoft Australia blog, Ben Tan, corporate communications manager at Microsoft Australia, announced that the Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro will hit stores on 30 May.
The Surface Pro is a leap forward from the Surface RT, which was limited in power and in scope, with access to only the apps built specifically for the Windows RT environment. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 processor, and can run all Windows software like any Windows laptop. It also includes a Surface Pen for taking handwritten notes or drawing.
In the CNET review of the Surface Pro, Scott Stein said, "The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet."
The Surface Pro will be available in 64GB and 128GB configurations. Official pricing is set at AU$999 for the 64GB model and AU$1099 for the 128GB model, but it may appear for less on store shelves. There are no accessories included. The Surface Pro is at its best with a Type Cover (AU$149.99) or a Touch Cover (AU$139.99).
The launch comes four months after the US release of the Surface Pro, and there areon the way. Of course, we may find that any next-generation version of the Surface will face a similar delay in local release.
The Surface Pro will be available online via the Microsoft Store, as well as in-store at JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman.