Microsoft has revealed that its Surface Pro tablet will be arriving in the UK before the end of May.
The company's flagship tablet has been available in the US for many months but worldwide availability has been considerably delayed, in part due to manufacturing delays.
“[we] are excited to be able to provide an update on the countries where Surface RT and Surface Pro will be launching in May and June. Additional details on launch events, retail availability, and pricing will be provided in future posts to this blog,” said Brian Hall, general manager for Microsoft Surface, who was writing on the official Surface blog
Hall also revealed that keeping up with demand for the 128GB version of the tablet had been "one of our biggest challenges", but he goes on to insist that the delays in worldwide release will mean that there is plenty of stock available come launch. Some what contradicting this version of events is that only 1.5 million units of the Surface and Surface Pro combined have so far been sold, according to figures revealed last month.
The UK isn't alone in imminently getting access to the Surface Pro, with 19 countries in total getting the tablet by the end of May. In particular, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom are all getting it before this date. Meanwhile Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand have a slightly longer wait, until June.
The Surface Pro is distinct from the Surface, which launched last year, as it runs a full x86 version of Windows 8, rather than the ARM processor oriented Windows 8 RT. Because x86 processors are inherently more power hungry than ARM ones, the Surface Pro is correspondingly larger and heavier than the non-Pro version, but it is fully backwards compatible with programs built for existing version of Windows.
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