More Surface Pro launch dates revealed in Europe

It looks like residents in several European countries will get their chance to purchase Microsoft's Surface Pro device by the end of May as promised. France will be first as it will sell the tablet starting on Friday. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland will start selling the product on May 30th and Germany will follow on May 31st.

Microsoft has already opened a temporary retail store in the Netherlands, in the city of Amsterdam, which will remain open until June 9th to sell Microsoft products, including the Surface Pro from May 30th. The company has announced that when the Surface Pro does go on sale in that store as well as online, it will be priced at 886 euros for the 64 GB version and 986 euros for the 128 GB version.

Over in Sweden, the PC will be sold at Media Markt and SIBA retail stores and will be priced at 7,895 SEK for the 64 GB model and 8,695 SEK for the 128 GB version. In Portugal, the Surface Pro will be priced at 879 euros for the 64 GB model and the 128 GB version will have a price of 979 euros. It will be sold via several retail outlets such as Worten, El Corte Inglés, FNAC, Media Markt and Staples.

Germany will sell the PC on the country's Microsoft Store website for 879 euros for the 64 GB model and 979 euros for the 128 GB version. The Surface Pro is currently on sale in the US, Canada and China and goes on sale in Hong Kong Friday, with the UK to follow May 23 and Australia on May 30th.

Source: Microsoft via ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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It's too expensive, regardless of whether it's considered a tablet or a laptop. Not only that but the battery life just isn't up to scratch. Microsoft might be able to address that in a future refresh but right now the Surface Pro just isn't what the market wants.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's too expensive, regardless of whether it's considered a tablet or a laptop. Not only that but the battery life just isn't up to scratch. Microsoft might be able to address that in a future refresh but right now the Surface Pro just isn't what the market wants.

I think they'll be able to address it with a new type cover that has a 2nd battery in it. Sure it'll be thicker but that way they can add another 3-4hrs probably. That makes the Pro jump up to around 7-8hr's give or take.

GP007 said,
I think they'll be able to address it with a new type cover that has a 2nd battery in it. Sure it'll be thicker but that way they can add another 3-4hrs probably. That makes the Pro jump up to around 7-8hr's give or take.

But is that not already the case? I know the ASUS Transformer has a battery in both the tablet and the keyboard dock and it was released years ago. It would strike me as a major oversight had Microsoft opted not to include a battery in the keyboard dock.

theyarecomingforyou said,

But is that not already the case? I know the ASUS Transformer has a battery in both the tablet and the keyboard dock and it was released years ago. It would strike me as a major oversight had Microsoft opted not to include a battery in the keyboard dock.

The touch and type covers don't have batteries in them, that's why they're so thin and light. They're not marketed as docks but covers that are also keyboards. If they do release a "dock" then that should be the one with the battery IMO.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's too expensive, regardless of whether it's considered a tablet or a laptop. Not only that but the battery life just isn't up to scratch. Microsoft might be able to address that in a future refresh but right now the Surface Pro just isn't what the market wants.

And of course you have the figures to back that up, right? If it's regarded as a laptop, its price is right in line with that of similar laptops like the Macbook Air. If it's regarded as a tablet, yes it's more expensive than most but not for what you get, which is a faster tablet than any on the market, with an active digitizer, compatible with millions of programs.

Surface Pro replaced my laptop very quickly, and I was able to sell my gen 1 iPad. Now instead of carrying around 7 lbs of tech in my backpack I carry around 2 lbs without losing any functionality, and actually gaining some; I could never write on my iPad like I can on my Surface for instance.

As for battery, it could be better but it lasts longer than my laptop ever did. It's not the longest lasting device out there, but it's powerful and has enough battery life to do what I need to do.

+1
I haven't actually got one yet (in the UK release zone here), but replacing multiple devices with one.

Having a device that can happily run all my dev tools as well as holding the convenience of a tablet is exactly what I have been waiting for. "Isn't what the market wants"? I've been gasping for exactly this for well over a year now!