Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are up for pre-order

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are up for pre-order
After Apple threw its hat into the professional tablet ring with the announcement of the iPad Pro last month, Microsoft knew in the run-up to this week's event that the Surface Pro 4 would need to make a strong first impression. In a very important few days that has also seen Redmond finally deliver a pair of flagship Windows smartphones, the Pro 4 tablet hybrid looks every bit as capable as anything else out there at the moment. Packed to the rafters with power, the latest Surface Pro makes few compromises, although this also means that the price is substantial as well. If you have the pocket change ready to drop on a feature-rich tablet and have the Surface Pro 4 on your radar, then you'll be pleased to learn that it's now up for pre-order. 

The usual suspects of Amazon, Best Buy and Target have all started taking pre-orders of the Surface Pro 4 just a couple of days after the announcement. With a refined keyboard, larger display, much more power and better cooling facilities, the Surface Pro 4 is right at the cutting edge of tablet tech. In spite of the cost, you do get plenty of bang for your buck. 

The base-level model is the cheapest at $899, and packs an Intel Core M processor along with 128 GB of storage. If you're looking to take advantage of the all-new keyboard, you're looking at a further outlay of $130, so for a true tablet-ultrabook crossover experience the way Microsoft intended, you'll be parting with at least $1000. Indeed, if you want the fully-stacked model with all of the trimmings, the total cost will teeter close to the $2000 mark. 

The Surface Book -- Microsoft's very own MacBook Pro killer -- is also up for pre-order. An unexpected guest at the launch event, it's another hybrid, although it's a notebook at heart. As such, you get laptop-level hardware with Intel's much-vaunted Skylake chip, but again, you're looking at a significant outlay of $1500 for the entry-level version. And hey, if you've really got it to throw around, the top-tier Surface Book goes whole hog with a Core i7, 512 GB SSD and an NVIDIA GPU -- all for a cool $2699.

If you're interested in learning more about the Surface Pro 4, please take a look at our hands-on coverage

source: Amazon (1), (2); Target; Best Buy via SlashGear

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Surface Pro 4
  • Display 12.3" 2736 x 1824 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core-i7
  • Storage 1000 GB

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24 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

Surface Pro 4 will continue to sell moderately well. I love my Surface Pro 3 and think this is a great continuation of the product line. But...I think that the Surface Book will flop. The entry level cost is very high for a product with meh specs, premium build or not. Now once you get into the $1,900 range you get an amazing piece of hardware, but how many people will get that? "Professionals?" No, most professionals are given a computer by their job and all they care about is the bottom line. Why get this when there are cheaper options? Apple users? No, the price difference is substantial, even for an Apple product and that combined with the need to change OS and something already invested in is going to be a hard sale. Hell those on here that do nothing but praise Microsoft will probably never get it because of the price is out of their range. Don't get me wrong I think it looks and is an amazing product just one that will not do well as they dropped the ball on the entry model making it a fancier Surface Pro 4 but at a much higher price. Maybe I'm completely wrong, but only time will tell the success of the Surface Book.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think (or hope) the Book is just the beginning of an overall design-shift that we'll see trickle down to lower price-points over the next few years. I could see them launching a sub-$1000 Book next year some time. No offense intended if you like the Surface's kick stands, but IMO the laptop form-factor blows it out of the water. I see the Book design as evolutionary to the tablet one, and could replace it down the road.

7. Rydsmith unregistered

Oh no, you are absolutely correct and I agree. The form factor of the Surface Book is amazing and it looks like Ana amazing product, but that price is painfully high. I hope this is like the Surface when it came out and forces other OEMs to the drawing board for conventional laptops and 2-in-1s.

9. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wtf are u talking about surface book is a laptop and it have top specs you can play gears of war with it what u want more it don't even need to compete with Apple Mac sales are low and have meh specs and still no one even using Mac for gaming. The price doesn't matter at all for surface book or pro cause there's not anything in the market that gives you what these products can offer i mean ipad pro is not even comparable to surface pro lane it's just simply a bigger ipad so as all Android bigger tablets.

15. Rydsmith unregistered

Wtf are YOU talking about? The Surface Book can only play Gears of War when using the setup that costs $1,900.00. The relation to MacBooks is due to Microsoft themselves comparing the Surface Book to the MacBook Pro. On a side note, MacBooks are the only mobile computers that aren't decreasing in sales. In fact, as PC and tablet sales decline, MacBook sales have grown year over year. This can be attributed to Apple's use of the iPhone as both an acquisition and retention item for them. I never brought up gaming, you did. I never brought up the iPad Pro, you did. And there are products on the market that can give you what these can. Lenovo Yoga, Dell XPS 13, MSI Laptops, Razer's laptop. There are many alternatives to the Surface Book, all of which are expensive, but cost less.

17. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

yeah OS x only have around 5% of global os market share less than windows 10 nice increase!? i know about those alternatives but their not as good as surface anyway and MS comparing surface book to macbook pro is only because of marketing and bashing Apple Macbook pro can't even beat normal laptops.

21. Rydsmith unregistered

A few points: 1.) OSX stands at ~7.5% and that is including the enterprise sector. That is actually very good. A 2% increase YoY is fantastic and they are poised to hit double digits. Take out the enterprise and corporate segments and the share of OSX is actually much better than one would think. 2.) Those alternatives are much better than the Surface (and they actually come with the keyboard!) Look at the Dell XPS 13. That is an amazing laptop that has fantastic build quality. The Razer Edge has a much better graphics card, display, and lower price than the Surface Book. 3.) "MacBook Pro can't even beat normal laptops" What does that honestly mean? Beat it in what? Premium design? Beat it in specs? Beat it in OS? You are talking out of your ass and praising a product I doubt you will even or can even buy, just so you can bash Apple. Congratulations.

2. bikrame

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Wow. Too expensive. Why they put price so high as if people really goona buy it. Best idea was to compete with Mac with cheap and best product. But these are best of course but not cheap which will send people to buy Mac.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I personally like the price. Assuming the product works well I believe it is appropriate, and MS is positioning it as a direct-competitor to the Macbook Pro, which is something Apple hasn't seen for quite some time. Even if it doesn't sell too well off the bat, it will definitely put Apple on edge, which is only a good thing for the consumer.

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Mac is not even selling close to well no one would even consider Mac See:http://netmarketshare.com/operating-system-market-share.aspx?qprid=10&qpcustomd=0 Mac OS x market share is even below new Windows 10 anyone can get a laptop instead of a Mac or don't even have dedicated GPU.

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Mac is selling extremely well. Keep in mind that a VERY large portion of those statistics you linked are workstations, lower-end PCs, and servers, which are markets that Apple doesn't touch. http://news.investors.com/technology-click/070915-760955-pc-shipments-fall-but-apple-mac-shipments-rise-in-q2.htm

18. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

yeah can't open it (Access denied) i use vpn too to change my ip but still what a relaible site :/

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Or you could just Google Mac sales numbers, they're pretty well documented (what with the media being addicted to Apple coverage and all...)

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iPad Pro is a pile of sh!t compared to the Surface Pro 4!

5. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Obviously. But it would be great to see a comparison between the ipad pro,SP4 and the pixel c

12. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it's not it's a pile of s**t compared to even surface pro 3 or even 2 even 1 The compare part goes like this IPad pro OS: IOS Pixel c OS: Android Surface OS: Windows pro Winner surface.

19. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

People who compare the Surface to tablets, are mental. The surface is a computer. It has a desktop OS and keyboard. It is not marketed as a raw tablet. Get a grip. Pixel and iPad are tablets.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Will PA be reviewing the Book? Technically it could be considered a tablet...

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Technically it's a laptop as it can have a dedicated gpu and comes with its keyboard it's not separate.

11. neptune.joel

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 12, 2011

"for a cool $2699", very very cool

16. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

I'd probably pay for the surface book, but I expect I'll get so much use out of continuum and a 950, it will be an enormous waste.

20. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Funny how Microsoft compared them. To have the 50% faster specs, you need to buy the top tier (and most expensive) product, compared to the lowest tier (and cheapest) Macbook.

23. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

The Surface Book is stupidly expensive here in Australia. $4199AUD for the top model and $2199 for the lowest spec model. I can buy 2 MacBook pros and still have money left over. Wtf Microsoft.

24. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I have thought the surface Pro line needed a stiff keyboard dock since day one. Microsoft or some 3rd party keyboard maker like Logitech could make a fortune selling stiff plastic keyboard dock for the Surface 3 and Surface 4 since their cases are similar. there are indications that preorders of the Surface book are very very high despite their high cost. The Surface Book folks is a truer hybrid Tablet laptop than a Surface 3 or 4 due to the stiff Keyboard Dock the Surface book Tablet has that is why it will sell very well

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