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.
Will it run Ubuntu 13.04?
You can turn off Secure Boot on the Pro and follow tutorials like the following…
$100 doesn’t make up for the lack of quality.
Worst iFixit score ever,
Low rez display,
1080P on a 10.6″ screen is not low resolution! Perhaps you’re confusing this with the RT model? But this news is for the Surface Pro…
So, it’s 10 point multi-touch with WACOM active digitizer with pen, Core i5 processor, etc.
The only real complaint for this model is the limited battery life but until Haswell update they couldn’t offer more on that side…
I thought 1366 x 768 was 720P?
Technically it’s 768p… but the Surface Pro has a 1920 x 1080 pixel display. It’s just the Surface RT which has a 1366 x 768 pixel screen.
oops, I was reading the RT specs
NP, you clearly weren’t the only one confused. I tweaked the article a bit so that hopefully it’s more clear.
guess they cant drop it to $200 overnight that would look bad,,gradually do it and call it a price cut,,,,these things are terribly overpriced…
If it didn’t have a Wacom digitizer built in, I’d agree with you, but considering it’s one of the better specced tablets of its size and has a Cintiq drawing tablet built it, it’s a pretty good deal. However, I can understand how it would seem much less attractive to people who have no use for the stylus for art or design work.
Probably just poor timing, coming out when next gen Intel and AMD products were nearing the starting gate. Moore’s Law, etc. means no computer product has a long sales cycle anyway. Probably just inventory clearance for “back to school” before announcing the new Area Expert (or whatever new silly name they fish out of a hat).
lol I don’t think you can explain it with that, cause there are new processors out every year now.
More like failed the stupid marketing, failed to consider customer’s wishes for windows 8, failed to make a good keyboard, failed the iFixit score, fetching the worst rating in history.
M$ is going from a bullying monopoly to a panicked monopoly.
Hopefully that makes the 256 model $999? Or will it be $1099?
This pricing difference make no difference at all.
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