Retailers are already listing Microsoft’s Surface Pro which officially goes on sale in New Zealand on May 30. The 64GB model costs $1350, while the 128GB model is $1500. You need to budget an extra $150 for a keyboard-cover.
Allowing for GST, these prices are roughly in line with those overseas. That’s a good thing.
Strictly speaking the Surface Pro is a tablet. Add the keyboard case and you effectively have a touch screen laptop – comparable with a Ultrabook. It’s thin and light with the power of a conventional laptop computer and a similar battery life at four to six hours.
Inevitably people will make comparisons with the iPad – which is cheaper, has a better screen and longer battery life.
Surface Pro is interesting because it shows off Microsoft’s vision of where personal computing is heading. It combines some of the best elements of the PC era in post-PC mobile device.
My concern is I can’t work out who Microsoft expects to buy the device. Presumably people who want the power and applications they can find on conventional computers packaged in a touch screen tablet.
Is that even a market? We’ll know soon enough.