256 GB Surface Pro for $1,199.99 on sale at CDW

In June, Microsoft started offering a Surface Pro tablet with a 256 GB hard drive for sale in Japan. At the time, Microsoft made no indication that this version of the tablet would make its way stateside.

Now it looks like at least one retailer in the US is selling the 256 GB Surface Pro. CDW.com has a listing for the tablet, showing a price of $1,199.99. That's $200 more than the suggested price of the 128 GB model and $300 more than the 64 GB version.

While Microsoft has still not officially said anything about this third version of the Surface Pro being sold in the US, WPCentral.com reports, via an unnamed Microsoft source, that the company plans to make an announcement about the 256 GB version "shortly". This would naturally give consumers and businesses even more of a choice when it comes to purchasing Microsoft's Surface family of tablets.

CDW is one of the new authorized US resellers of the Surface series of hardware products that was named by Microsoft earlier today. At the time, the company said it was working to have even more authorized commercial distributors and resellers in more countries in the next several months.

Source: CDW via WPCentral.com | Image via CDW

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the company plans to make an announcement about the 256 GB version "shortly".

...probably when they throw a surprise event announcing the new 8" model??

Probably.
One can buy a fairly decent laptop for that price, with the full Windows OS, and still have enough for an Android tablet. Another fail. Will probably sell around 100 devices.

This should be a teaser for the Surface Pro 2 with Haswell I bet. It's clear that Pro buyers didn't really want the 64GB option, the 128GB had way more demand than they thought. I think the future 2nd gen Surface Pro will only have 128GB and 256GB models sold. As for prices, well, by the time it comes out the 256GB option could very well sell for $999 with the 128GB being the $899 option.

I understand what everyone is saying about this being a full fledge laptop, but Microsoft needs to price aggressively to make any sort of noise.

It's a TABLET. It's got a i5, Full HD and now 256GB SSD and it's $1199. I think it's priced right.

Apple is selling the iPad 128GB for $799 and it does not run any Win x86 apps. But it does have a nice "retina" display.

We need new Surface RT and Surface Pro tablet with better/newer CPU.

And it would be nice to have full HD on the RT...

Haswell needs to be in this device. Its not as though the chip is still a secret, its been announced and Apple and Sony have PC's out now running it. Having a cooler, longer running Surface Pro with more storage would make it even more attractive. But typical Microsoft have fumbled again.

The Surface Pro is an excellent tablet for what you get. I can't say that about any Android tablet or the iPad. I do hope Microsoft continues merging features of the desktop world with the Modern app-style framework, including File Management, Task Manager, Control Panel, IIS, Admin Tools, and so on.

Some of you seems to mix HDD with SSD... One cost more than the other. So i7+500Gb SSD for $1199? In a small tablet form? You're kidding right?

TruckWEB said,
Some of you seems to mix HDD with SSD... One cost more than the other. So i7+500Gb SSD for $1199? In a small tablet form? You're kidding right?

That is true too!

$1199 for the Surface Pro is way too much! The specs just don't justify its price like the i5 and integrated graphics. If the Surface Pro had a I7, discrete graphics chip and 500gb of storage, then its worth the $1199. In fact you can get a decent gaming computer for $1199.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
$1199 for the Surface Pro is way too much! The specs just don't justify its price like the i5 and integrated graphics. If the Surface Pro had a I7, discrete graphics chip and 500gb of storage, then its worth the $1199. In fact you can get a decent gaming computer for $1199.

I agree.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
discrete graphics chip

Thicker, heavier, hotter, and with less than 3 hours of battery life. Who wouldn't want that? /S

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
In fact you can get a decent gaming computer for $1199.

"Tablet = desktop/gaming laptop"

Does not compute!!

eddman said,

"Tablet = desktop/gaming laptop"

Does not compute!!

With that said, I was pleasantly surprised that the Surface Pro can handle so many games when you knock down the resolution to 720p. At that screen size, games still look great.

Why over price for the Pro. Sorry but it should be $899 at most. Its why the Surface didn't do well. People don't view these as a laptop but a tablet and will compare them to the iPad.

ACTIONpack said,
Why over price for the Pro. Sorry but it should be $899 at most. Its why the Surface didn't do well. People don't view these as a laptop but a tablet and will compare them to the iPad.
So because people compare them to an iPad rather than a Laptop they should price it as an iPad? Are you listening to yourself?

ACTIONpack said,
Why over price for the Pro. Sorry but it should be $899 at most. Its why the Surface didn't do well. People don't view these as a laptop but a tablet and will compare them to the iPad.

Have to agree to a certain extent. If MS wanted to make a dent, they should've priced more aggressively. Price is good for some I guess but not for many (including myself)...

You forgot to add clueless, as in clueless people.. iPad is a glorified app launcher. This is a PC running a full fledged OS.

ACTIONpack said,
Why over price for the Pro. Sorry but it should be $899 at most. Its why the Surface didn't do well. People don't view these as a laptop but a tablet and will compare them to the iPad.

If you buy the Surface Pro for what it was intended to be, it's actually a great value. If you intend to do light web browsing and email only, then yes, you'd be better off with an iPad.

NeoTrunks said,
If you intend to do light web browsing and email only, then yes, you'd be better off with an iPad.

Or a Surface RT.

You all have a point - the surface is a very powerful device well worth it's price. However it's a very new and unproven device (as far as the vast majority of consumers are concerned), hence, it should have been priced a little lower to increase adoption (even if it was simply due to deep discounts and promotions off MSRP)...

Obry said,

Have to agree to a certain extent. If MS wanted to make a dent, they should've priced more aggressively. Price is good for some I guess but not for many (including myself)...

MS was never looking to take the market by storm, they said so, they also have OEM partners to keep semi-happy. The Surface will never see very aggressive pricing and always leave room for OEMs to come in a bit under it and still make money. Keep in mind that all those 7" tablets for $199 are sold at a loss because they have some digital store to tie them in and make money from. PC OEMs can't do that, though MS can but won't. So they can't go too low, besides I think by racing to the bottom with netbooks they hurt the PC industry as a whole and choked their own profit margins so bad. Now they have made consumers shy away from anything but the cheapest crap they can find yet again hurting the very own OEMs who are at fault. It's been a cycle and the OEMs have only themselves to blame for it. MS is trying to get the average price of PC hardware higher and help boost margins with the Surface line.

The average price of a laptop is $420 or so, if you can raise that just a bit it will help everyone overall in the end.

Obry said,
You all have a point - the surface is a very powerful device well worth it's price. However it's a very new and unproven device (as far as the vast majority of consumers are concerned), hence, it should have been priced a little lower to increase adoption (even if it was simply due to deep discounts and promotions off MSRP)...
Just so we're clear, we're talking about a device that is effectively a touch screen ultrabook with a detachable keyboard. Is every new ultrabook an "unproven device."

It's a laptop replacement with a non-ridged hinge and a detachable keyboard. It's not a tablet. It's not an ARM device.

MrHumpty said,
It's a laptop replacement with a non-ridged hinge and a detachable keyboard. It's not a tablet. It's not an ARM device.

Just the amount of adjectives you need to use to properly describe it makes it a fairly new and unproven device. It's not a tablet, yet it can act like one, it's not a laptop, yet it can pretend to be one as well. And it's running an OS that still quite a lot of people are not quite certain about (even though that is slowly changing) so in my personal opinion - yes - for the average consumer this is a new and yet unproven device. Note the use of "average consumer" and not "tech enthusiast" in both my comments...

Steve121178 said,
The 256GB option should really have been there from the start...
And when the 512 comes out the same will be said.

MrHumpty said,
And when the 512 comes out the same will be said.

Not necessarily; I ordered a Helix with 256 GB SSD, if it was offered only with a 128 GB one I would not have ordered. 512 GB? It could be even better and therefore welcome.....

Steve121178 said,
The 256GB option should really have been there from the start...

Costs had to come into play with this I bet. Once they can get lower prices and sell 256GB models for the price they sell 128GB models and so on then we'll see them do so. I don't think 32GB and 64GB model Surfaces are going to be long in this world actually.

With the second generation they could very well start with 128GB as the base model for the Pro 2 and 64GB as the base for the RT 2. Then each new generation will just bump up the specs a bit and allow them to keep prices in the same range they like.

Steve121178 said,
The 256GB option should really have been there from the start...

for that price it doesnt make any difference if it was from the begining or not. it might sell about 100