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Microsoft Surface Pro with 256GB confirmed to be on the way

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Microsoft Surface Pro with 256GB confirmed to be on the way
You may remember in May we shared news that the good folks in Japan were going to be offered the Microsoft Surface Pro with 128GB and 256GB models. Microsoft began selling the Surface Pro with beefier storage for ¥119,800 ($1,100) on June 7th.

While there was some grumbling about the amount of space Windows 8 took to operate on the tablet, 64GB models had roughly 23GB of usable space. However, that was less of an issue since the Surface line of tablets support microSD cards up to 64GB, and users have access to the familiar file system to keep things organized.

Microsoft took a clue from that reality either way, started producing higher capacity tablets and started selling them first in Japan. Now on the 256GB Surface Pro is going to be available elsewhere (at least starting in the US). Spotted today on the website of CDW, a technology supplier for businesses, is a Surface Pro with a 256GB SSD inside.

Microsoft Surface Pro with 256GB confirmed to be on the way

A source inside Microsoft has confirmed with WPCentral that a formal announcement is in the works. That means we will be seeing this tablet in Microsoft stores and other locales in short order. The 256GB Surface Pro lists for $1,199.99 on CDW’s site which is a $200 premium over the 128GB version. For that kind of money, the Surface Pro is in the midst of some pretty capable competition from Windows 8 OEMs like Lenovo, Fujitsu, Samsung, and HP.

If on-device storage is a premium, then the Surface Pro with 256GB will appeal greatly, however, you might find a better deal by getting a 128GB model and then buying a 64GB microSD card separately. If you manage your space well, the net-147GB (give or take) should serve you almost as well as the net-200GB that the 256GB Surface Pro affords.

Source: WPCentral (1, 2)

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posted on 01 Jul 2013, 17:08 2

1. Birds (Posts: 1150; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

I guess no Haswell then. I like the Win8 version of Surface and is a very usable and it would be untouchable with 4th gen Intel I series. It is like homemade sour cream icing on top of a layered red velvet cake.....

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 18:03

2. Commentator (Posts: 3570; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

This is just a 256 GB version of the current-gen Surface. Remember, it's barely even half a year old. I'm sure the next gen Surface will be coming up in a few months... although this IS Microsoft we're talking about here...

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 01:19

6. -box- (Posts: 3990; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

There are a few rumors of the 2nd-gen Surfaces launching for the holiday season.

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 21:39

4. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

The lack of dedicated graphics is what ruins it for me. :/

posted on 01 Jul 2013, 23:17 1

5. sectime (unregistered)

Yeah cause that's important on a tablet or ultra book even.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 08:29

7. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

> for me
No need to be snarky.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:31

8. sectime (unregistered)

So which tablet did you buy with dedicated graphics? :)

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:46

9. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)

Exactly! That's my one qualm with all new Win8 tablets, haha.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 10:44

10. bert2662 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

Er... Razor Edge does have a dedicated graphic..==

posted on 09 Jul 2013, 08:03

11. sectime (unregistered)

Yes it does but what an odd mix of specs.

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