Microsoft's Surface tablets won't be discontinued, new Pro line confirmed
posted by Florin T. / Oct 09, 2014, 5:30 PM
In an article posted over at the official Surface blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company “is putting its full and sustained support behind the ongoing Surface program.” What’s more, Microsoft confirmed that it’s already planning a next-generation Surface Pro line, which will be compatible with the current Surface Pro 3 accessories (including the docking station and the type covers).
Microsoft also reconfirmed that the Surface Pro 3 is upgradeable to Windows 10 (although, of course, this won’t be out until mid / late 2015). Microsoft remains confident that a Surface Pro can replace laptops, as well as other tablets. According to the Redmond giant, “most businesses are buying Surface when their employees need a laptop and want to avoid having to buy and carry an iPad too.”
So, there you have it: the Surface tablets aren’t riding off into the sunset. Well, at least not the Pro models.
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just sell it in more countries... Microsoft's problem is it doesn't belive in asia and middle east! it IS Motorola's problem too!
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 5:39 PM 7
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Phew....I was shocked to see the last article and was very disappointed. Come up with some reasonable pricing MS and these devices will sell like hot cakes. Pricing is the only factor which is keeping people away from these great devices.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 7:24 PM 9
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Agreed, also they need to market it as a hybrid so everyone knows its not just a tablet Also the i3 & i5 128GB Surface Pro 3 pricing aren't that when compare with other Ultrabook/MacBooks The higher option are worse value though e.g. $130+$800 for i3 Pro 3 ($130 is for type cover) $1000 for Air (13" because the Pro 3's screen is closer to the 13") $130+$1000 for Pro 3 (same specs as $1000 Air $130 more) $1200 Air with 256 GB $130+1300 for Pro 3 with 256GB ($230 more) $1450 Air with 256GB, i7, 8GB $130+$1550 Pro 3 with 256GB i7,8GB ($230 more) $1750 Air with 512GB,i7,8GB $130+$1950 Pro 3 with 512GB,i7,8GB ($330 more) MS just need should bundle the Type Cover free and match Apple's prices for the higher configs
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 9:35 PM 2
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Fix the pricing and they'll see more sales.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 5:44 PM 7
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I see this argument often but really don't understand why. After having just recently purchased my own SP3 +type cover for 1080 with taxes, it comes to only 80 bucks more than the similarly spec'd competitor and considered "leader" of ultrabooks, the 13" MBA. In the ultrabooks sector, prices are around that high, and the only other I was considering was the yogatab 2. The argument that for the price of the Surface 3, you are getting a tablet, a computer, and a semi wacom tablet is one I've seldom seen, and frankly I have to agree.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 6:07 PM 6
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The fact that these tablets have limited storage they are over priced. Scalability, and mobility is all that you really get in these half pint PC's. I build PC's, and I feel they would make a great addition to the desktop, but as a stand alone tablet it is way over priced unless you need to be mobile. Gaming is better on a laptop, and way better on a desktop so paying 1000.00 plus to surf the web is unwarranted....it just depends on your "needs" and most people don't need it for that price! For a grand I can build a nice desktop.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 7:37 PM 1
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Yes.. Yes... Yes... I told my brother to take his Surface RT to college and went ahead and built him a PC. Best of both worlds! (I had to struggle through a desktop replacement laptop - oxymoron - and netbooks... This is before tablets... but I ended up building a PC for my senior year anyways... too little too late. But better late than never.)
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 7:59 PM 1
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Not a single tablet does what the surface does in all regards. To top it off, at 799, it is not 'out of price' range. Especially since students get tons of discount from the MS store for software and hardware. Lets not forget a comparable wifi 64gb Samsung 12in tablet costs 849 and is 100 off right now so 749. 749 for half a pc or 799 for a full pc with more powerful hardware and software?
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 6:20 PM 5
I think the price is right, and you guys are just cheap. Looking forward to buying this next month!
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 6:16 PM 4
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Cheap? I just dropped over $2000 these past two weeks on the 6 Plus and MBPr lol.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 6:23 PM 1
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the Pro 3 is a little too big for me though i do understand the reasoning behind the size and it truly is a very awesome tablet. probably what i'll do though is just sell my 128GB Surface Pro and get a 256GB Surface Pro 2.
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 7:03 PM 0
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799 for 64 gigs too high and from what I understand it doesn't come with keyboard cover that is extra I like the surface looks nice but expensive rather get a laptop and get more for my money
posted on Oct 09, 2014, 9:17 PM 0
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