Microsoft Surface Pro goes on sale in the UK

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a long list of countries that it said would finally get their hands on its Surface Pro tablet “before the end of May”. One of the countries on that list was the United Kingdom, and there’s good news for Brits today, as the Surface Pro has finally gone on sale there, almost a year after the tablet was first announced, all the way back in June 2012.

Priced at £719 for the 64GB version or £799 for the 128GB version, the Surface Pro gets top billing on the company’s UK homepage today, along with a prominent banner greeting visitors to the Microsoft Store UK website.

But TechRadar reports that the online Microsoft Store won’t be the only place that customers can buy a Surface Pro. As with the Windows RT version of the tablet, the Pro will also be sold in John Lewis department stores across the country. It will also be made available online at pcworld.co.uk, with selected PC World stores also getting stock. The first 20 people to purchase a Surface Pro from the flagship John Lewis store on London’s Oxford Street will also get a free one-year subscription to Office 365.

If you’re still undecided about whether or not to buy a Surface Pro, be sure to check out our review

Source: Microsoft Store UKTechRadar

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Don't forget that John Lewis throw in a 2 year warranty for free.

As for the wait - considering that the pro has only been out for a few months it isn't that late. Also as pressure sensitivity support for adobe application has only just been supported I was waiting for that feature as much as the release date.

Personally - still don't think there is a better product on the market for a similar price. Certainly for creative business use I don't believe Apple of the rest have acompetitive product out there.... the iPad with 128GB is not much cheaper and can't fun any "real" applications (office/adobe/cad) and won't replace desktops or laptops, and the Macbook Air costs just as much but lacks the tablet features. The surface might cost a premium compared to cheap manufactures but it should not be forgotten you are effectively getting two devices in one and a good quality product - anyone who hasn't played with one should get down to John Lewis to check it out.

The surface is good on the go, and combined with a phone which can tether would be great - if you need more storage/devices/screens at home get a docking station (such as targus) and enjoy it as a desktop replacement. Obviously intense 3D gaming and high end video editing etc. is going to be out of the question based on the spec - but no product of this portability will offer that, you'd need a desktop of a similar price to be considering that. What the Surface does offer is a good replacement to those using multiple devices unnecessarily. Those buying cheap multiple devices would be better off with this.


Ahh... All the people who swallowed the Intel PR about Haswell without chewing.
First tests are in, and be ready for some disappointments....

One thing that does annoy me is that they're currently running an offer where you get a free type or touchcover with the Surface RT, but that offer doesn't extend to the Surface Pro

I wasn't aware the Surface Pro hadn't been released in the UK yet... that took a long time to happen! Good for people who have been waiting for it.

Why would anyone buy it at that price and so close to the Haswell refresh? It doesn't make any sense. Microsoft should have released this a long time ago.

Why - because they need one now. I got one to replace an old HP TM2. I'd love to have waited, but the TM2 was slowly dying.
I did see a report somewhere suggesting that an 8" Surface would be launched in the summer, but updates to the larger devices might not be announced until September/October. Even with a quicker launch schedule, we still might not be able to buy one until Christmas. My TM2 won't last that long.

Do you know for sure the next Surface will have the Haswell? I do not recall Microsoft saying it will but there was a lot of rumors here on Neowin that the next surface would have an AMD CPU.

BillyJack said,
Do you know for sure the next Surface will have the Haswell? I do not recall Microsoft saying it will but there was a lot of rumors here on Neowin that the next surface would have an AMD CPU.

I could see a cheaper Surface (Non-Pro? ) with AMD, but you can pretty much bet on that the next generation Surface Pro will continue utilizing Intel processors.

Haswell and Windows 8 is battery-wise a perfect match with the new tech in Haswell and adjustments in Windows to make it possible.

ZipZapRap said,
I do not miss living in the UK and paying UK prices...

The UK has some of best phone deals in the world. For £12 a month you can get truly unlimited (3G) data, truly unlimited texts and 250 mins on Giffgaff.

thealexweb said,

The UK has some of best phone deals in the world. For £12 a month you can get truly unlimited (3G) data, truly unlimited texts and 250 mins on Giffgaff.

That's great and all, but everything else is a rip off. It's not called Rip Off Britain for nothing. Plus you can't even import something for low value without HMRC saying how are you, give us your wallet

Was almost about to buy it, but 7 days until it's out in Denmark, and i don't have to worry about warranty/guarantee replacements or an uk power adapter.

That, and shipping probably wouldn't have been that quick.

Too late for one of the best market regions that should of had initial release... After months of denial people tend to forget

Indeed. What took so bloody long? All it needed was a UK power adapter in the box. When it was released in US I thought "that looks pretty good, might get one in a couple of months when it is released here". Nearly a *year* later and I can finally buy it locally with an upgraded version in the works? Forget it, especially at full price.

mrbester said,
Indeed. What took so bloody long? All it needed was a UK power adapter in the box. When it was released in US I thought "that looks pretty good, might get one in a couple of months when it is released here". Nearly a *year* later and I can finally buy it locally with an upgraded version in the works? Forget it, especially at full price.

The Surface Pro was released 3 months ago.