The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a 12 inch Windows tablet with a digital pen, an optional keyboard, and a starting price of $799. While that makes the tablet expensive when compared with Android or iOS devices, Microsoft is positioning the Surface Pro 3 as a complete laptop replacement.
Up until recently you’ve only been able to get your hands on the tablet in the US, Canada and Japan though. That changes August 28th when the Surface Pro 3 will be available in 25 more markets.
New regions include the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Taiwan, and China. The Surface Pro 3 is already available for pre-order in all of those markets, where customers can order a model with a Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processor.
That’s the good news… for fans of the Surface line anyway. The bad news for Microsoft is that there may not be all that many fans of the line yet.
Microsoft hasn’t released detailed financial figures for its Surface tablets. But Computer World looked at available data and estimates that the Surface division might have lost as much as $363 million in the last quarter and $1.7 billion since the first Surface tablets launched in 2012.
Part of that loss is due to a write-off for unsold inventory of the Surface Mini tablet which Microsoft decided to scrap before launch this summer.
Microsoft has deep pockets and the company can afford to think long term. Sometimes that involves losing money for a few years while developing a new product category that could become profitable down the road. But it’s too early to tell whether the Surface tablet family falls into that category or not.