Surface Pro: Australia Misses Out On First Release

Surface Pro: Australia Misses Out On First Release

When Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet was released last October, Australia was one of a handful of countries to get the device on launch day. We haven’t been so lucky with the Surface Pro. That goes on sale from February 9, but only in the US and Canada.

The entry-level price for the Surface Pro is $US899 for a 64GB model; there will also be a 128GB version if you want more memory (I would). The Surface RT is also going on sale in 13 new countries, but the only new development for Australians is the planned release of a “Surface edition” Wedge Touch Mouse and the release of a 64GB standalone version of Surface RT.

We’ve been eagerly anticipating the Surface Pro, especially since it seems a much better prospect as a total laptop replacement than the somewhat more restricted Surface RT and seems one of the most likely routes into business for Windows 8. We’ll update if we hear anything from Microsoft about planned Australian launch dates.


  • If it’s the same dimensions as the RT then I’m glad I bought my Sony VAIO Duo 11. It was a bit more expensive than the Pro but the screen is magnificent. Reviews have knocked it for it’s keypad but I don’t type for a living so for me it’s the perfect fit. I can just slide the screen up and I have an i5 powered laptop, slide it down and it’s an i5 powered tablet at 1080p.

      • The US version comes with a stack of cool software, one of which is art studio pro, but the ausie version seems to have missed out for some reason. I’ve sent an email to Sony Australia but I’m not holding my breath for that one. I have seen some reviews from people who have good things to say about it’s drawing ability. Having said that, as good as the screen is, it’s not specifically designed for drawing. On a different tack, if the screen on the Pro is as small as the RT, you won’t want to use that for drawing either!

  • Oops.. I know of a number of people who have been flip-flopping between a Pro and other tablets/laptops.. this might be all it takes to make their decisions for them.. that is, not buying the Pro..

  • I have been holding off investigating other manufacturers products as I have been intending to buy a Surface Pro since it was announced.
    Looks like its time for me to start reading reviews of other Win 8 touch devices – MSFT you miss out on sale here.

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