Microsoft is lowering the price of its Surface Pro tablets by $100. That means you can now pick up the company’s 10.6 inch Windows 8 tablet for $799 and up.
The move comes a few weeks after Microsoft dropped the starting price of a Surface RT tablet from $500 to $350.
The cheaper Surface RT tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 ARM-based processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, and Windows RT software, while the Surface Pro is a substantially more powerful device with a 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD display, an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge CPU, support for digital pen input, and the full Windows 8 operating system.
Microsoft took a $900 million write-down for unsold Surface RT inventory in July, but it’s not clear if the price drop for the Surface Pro has a similar meaning.
While Microsoft could be using the price cut to move unsold inventory, that could just mean that a new model with a Haswell processor is on the way. It could also be a sign that production costs are lower. Or maybe the Surface Pro isn’t selling very well and Microsoft wants to try to move more units.
The $100 price cut is across-the-board, so you can now get a model with 64GB of storage for $799 or pick up a 128GB model for $899.
The Verge reports that the price cut should hit Canada, China, and Hong Kong this month as well.