Microsoft’s first-generation Windows 8 tablet hasn’t exactly been the consumer favourite slate out there, and part of that is likely due to being Windows RT based and lacking backwards compatibility with past versions of Windows, but the second Surface tablet is finally coming to Australia, and unlike its brother, it will play nicely.
From May 30, Australians will find the slightly thicker version of Surface in stores, with Surface Pro featuring a proper full version of Windows 8 Pro, and not the handicapped ARM-based Windows RT that runs on the regular version of Surface.
Previously announced back in June last year, the Surface Pro has sure taken its sweet time getting to Australia, but now that it’s here, we can tell you what it comes with and how it’ll be priced.
Inside, we’re hearing it will use one of Intel’s third-generation Core i5 processors, 4GB RAM, WiFi, bluetooth, either 64GB or 128GB solid-state storage, and take advantage of a 10.6 inch screen like its less-expensive Surface RT sibling, except with a higher-grade panel running Full HD’s 1920×1080 over the standard 1366×768 HD capable screen in the other model.
It’s a touch thicker at 13.5mm (compared with the Surface RT’s 9.3mm), but supports USB 3.0 and Mini DisplayPort, two things missing from the standard Surface.
Pricing is set to $999 for the 64GB model while $1099 will net you the 128GB variant, and we’re hearing that Surface’s accessories will be compatible here, including the Touch Cover with the painted keyboard for $139.99 RRP, while the Type Cover – with its slightly raised keyboard – will come with a $149.99 RRP.
In Australia, only three places will sell the Surface Pro, with the retail presence handled by JB HiFi and Harvey Norman, while net shoppers can find it on Microsoft’s online store.