Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet to be available in UK from May 23

After much ado, Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet will be available for sale in the UK region from next week (May 23, 2013), moving along on Microsoft’s goal of ensuring availability of both the Surface tablets in increased markets all across the world.

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However, the availability of Surface Pro in UK once it is up for sale will be pretty restricted as the tablet will only be sold through the Microsoft Store website and will not be available for sale at any retail store in the same territory for now. This is quite a limitation as it would be much easier for customers to simply pop in to a Microsoft Store and walk out a few minutes later with their desired tablet in tow instead of the order-and-wait way for delivery process usually in effect through the website.

Engadget reports that the price for the 64 GB Surface Pro will be £719. If UK consumers wish to go for higher in-built memory, then the Surface Pro 128GB will cost them £799. These prices do not cover the Type/Touch covers for Surface which are optional and exclusive from the device and be additionally purchased at £99 (Touch Cover) and £109 (Type Cover).

Currently, the Surface Pro is only available in the U.S., Canada and China. It will debut in Hong Kong on May 17,  2013 and by the end of May in various other countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. June 2013 would see Surface Pro being available in Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore and Thailand.

Microsoft’s Surface tablet has been going strong in a few select markets and with strong rumors indicating a new Surface tablet with a screen size less than the 10 inches, I would definitely wait rather than splurge on the device because, you never know!

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Microsoft Student Partner | Computer Science graduate | Loves flirting with technology | Microsoft watcher | Syed Asrarullah lives on the web at @asrartheone.