Surface Pro 3 pre-orders begin, some models won't ship until August 31

Microsoft officially introduced the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet on Tuesday at a New York City press event. Now pre-orders for the five different models have started on the Microsoft Store website.

However, only two of the five versions are currently scheduled to start shipping on June 20th, the official launch date for the Surface Pro 3. Those are the two models with the Intel Core i5 processor. One is the 128GB version for $999 and the other has the 256GB storage option for $1,299.

The other three Surface Pro 3 models are not scheduled to begin shipping until August 31st. This includes the lowest priced version, with 64GB of storage and an Intel Core i3 processor for $799. The other two units that won't start shipping for over three months have the Intel Core i7 chip; the 256GB version for $1,549 and the 512GB model for $1,949.

The Microsoft Store is also taking pre-orders for the new larger Surface Pro Type Cover, which is priced at $129.99 and will ship June 20th. That's also when the new Surface Pen will ship; it is now available for pre-order for $49.99. The new larger docking station for the tablet is not yet on sale.

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Not just you - gone on the Canadian store and I know it was there this morning. Though all but the highest models were out of stock. I was hoping to see a price drop on those for gifts. Now to pre-order my i5. Though cant decide between the 128GB or 256GB...*sigh*

Seems weird that the most affordable version will take a full quarter before becoming available.

But I guess they're all at least supposed to be available for back-to-school season I guess.

I'd think the i3 $800 model would be ideal for college students.

A nice effort, but much too expensive for what you get and the wait time is ridiculous. I understand why they're doing these things somewhat, but can't excuse it enough to actually spend money on this product...

Comparing with other ultra-books that don't even have touch, let alone pen support, and which are significantly heavier and thicker... not sure how you get it's "too expensive".

Simple, $2000 for those specs, for me, is too expensive. We'll see which one of us is proven right in a few months, as it is a nice device, the only thing that will prevent good sales numbers is price.

So don't buy the top end model. The low end is $1000 after tax and keyboard are added on. It compares favorably to the MacBook Air in terms of specs and pricing, and that device sells well.

For the price, I think they should have, at least, included the pen. It was included with the 2 previous Surface Pro. They put a lot of weight on the WOW of the pen and they don't even include it by default.

Stupid.

Yes, you are stupid.
AS THE PEN IS INCLUDED.

In the box:
Surface Pro 3 • Surface Pen • 36-watt power supply • Quick Start Guide • Safety and warranty documents

Doesn't the pre-order page state that it "will ship before Aug 31st"? It would be nice to think that this could be a case of under-promising and over-delivering.

Over 3 months of lead time for the cheapest and most powerful models? Sometimes those folks in Redmond really make me question their sanity.

vanx said,
Over 3 months of lead time for the cheapest and most powerful models? Sometimes those folks in Redmond really make me question their sanity.

it has not been a year since the Surface pro 2 launch. have you thought that what it takes to make a brand new product in less than a year? I think you expecting too much. besides, nobody forces you to pre order.

trojan_market said,

it has not been a year since the Surface pro 2 launch. have you thought that what it takes to make a brand new product in less than a year? I think you expecting too much. besides, nobody forces you to pre order.

Its a pretty reasonable consumer assumption to want a product in a reasonable time frame from a) launch b) from pre-ordering.

No, MS are not forcing us to preorder or buy but that doesn't put them above reproach for the slow pace at which all their product lines seem to move. From Windows Phone devices to Surface, takes far too long to get into the hands of consumers who would buy the gear if they didn't have to wait 1/4 a year to get it.

Osiris said,

Its a pretty reasonable consumer assumption to want a product in a reasonable time frame from a) launch b) from pre-ordering.

No, MS are not forcing us to preorder or buy but that doesn't put them above reproach for the slow pace at which all their product lines seem to move. From Windows Phone devices to Surface, takes far too long to get into the hands of consumers who would buy the gear if they didn't have to wait 1/4 a year to get it.

Indeed. I guess they want to play it safe, and actually build the hardware based on the pre-orders they get. Seems to be a bit of 'cutting your nose off to spite your face' though - like you say, if consumers like the product but see a nearly 3 month lead time to get it, they're likely to shop around and spend their money elsewhere. The only people who'll wait that long are the Microsoft enthusiasts who SPECIFICALLY want a Surface 3 - other folks will just take their business elsewhere.

trojan_market said,

it has not been a year since the Surface pro 2 launch. have you thought that what it takes to make a brand new product in less than a year? I think you expecting too much. besides, nobody forces you to pre order.

Since Surface Pro 2 launched so soon ago, why did they feel the need to bring a new product to the market? I know nobody is forcing me to pre-order and neither would I pre-order anything that would take months to arrive. By the time people could actually get their hands on these models, the fan fare would have died. It is imperative for companies to capture attention of consumers by allowing them to purchase products within a short time frame of announcement. Did Microsoft feel like they needed to beat Apple to the metaphorical punch by unveiling things before WWDC?

It's a shame but they still don't quite have a grasp on the supply chain side of things I guess, I don't know how many people wanted the i3 or i7 versions compared to the i5s but MS should've tried to get those out sooner as well.

littlecx said,
What exact cpu model they are using?

I think its a custom made in collaboration with intel. but its a Haswell class CPU which is 22 nm architecture.

"Those are the two models with the Intel Core i5 processor. One is the 128GB version for $999 and the other has the 256GB storage option for $1,299."

300 bucks for 128gb SSD .. what a ripoff

jhoff80 said,
The 256GB version also has double the RAM - 8GB instead of 4GB.
Exactly, it's not just the bigger SSD but it's the extra RAM to. And guys, we say SSD but at 9.1mm thick, I doubt it's a real SSD you can take out. These are memory chips attached right to the devices board, not some drive (that's what I expect anyways). So if that's the case, it's not about popping in a different "drive", you have to make different pre-built boards for each setup and so on, there's some added cost there. Probably why they're only going to start with the 2 middle options and then expand to the i3 and i7 later.

slighly better.. but still $100 too much though... They could have atleast thrown in an typecover with higher spec version:/

George P said,
Exactly, it's not just the bigger SSD but it's the extra RAM to. And guys, we say SSD but at 9.1mm thick, I doubt it's a real SSD you can take out. These are memory chips attached right to the devices board, not some drive (that's what I expect anyways). So if that's the case, it's not about popping in a different "drive", you have to make different pre-built boards for each setup and so on, there's some added cost there. Probably why they're only going to start with the 2 middle options and then expand to the i3 and i7 later.

If it's like the Surface Pro 2 then it's a mSATA SSD. We won't know for sure until someone like ifixit gets one and takes it apart though. If you're bold enough, you can replace the SSD in the Surface Pro 2 though.

IceBreakerG said,

If it's like the Surface Pro 2 then it's a mSATA SSD. We won't know for sure until someone like ifixit gets one and takes it apart though. If you're bold enough, you can replace the SSD in the Surface Pro 2 though.

Surface Pro 2 has more room though, at 9.1mm I don't know if it works. We'll see as you said.

Interesting, the power supply is different and since the screen size is different too, you have to buy all new accessories! You can use the touch and type covers with the Pro 3 though, but the charging port has changed. I wish the charging cable was built with an angle on the end, it would fit into the Surface better and prevent the bending of the cable where it is attached to the Surface.

Crimson Rain said,
FWIW, the package comes with charger...

I know that, but currently with my Surface RT, the charger is wearing down fast and it is so expensive to buy a replacement, plus if I buy the pro 3, I think it'd be nice having one constantly plugged into my nightstand and one I can take it around/ use on my desk. But since they changed it, I can't use my RT's charger.

_dandy_ said,

Nitpick: 'deadonthefloor' said they're different, which they are--he didn't say you couldn't charge one device with the other's charger.


:rolleyes:

killmaster84 said,
Aug 31st can't come soon enough now.

For something that still won't sit properly on you lap, it is overpriced.

Shiranui said,
......

It's only overpriced if you compare to non-touch, non-ink last gen laptop.

You cannot get this sum of capabilities from any other OEM at this price point.

Shiranui said,
For something that still won't sit properly on you lap, it is overpriced.

So now it's whether something sits properly on your lap that determines the price?

_dandy_ said,

So now it's whether something sits properly on your lap that determines the price?

Sure. Functionality and ergonomics should be a big factor in how much you are willing to pay.
On the other hand, I never use my laptop on my lap anyway -- it's 17.3".
On the other hand (I'm a mutant), if I did buy a Surface, it would be because I planned to use it on the go, so a comfortable "lap"top experience would be a must.
They need to bring out a rigid docking keyboard, or something.

Shiranui said,
Sure. Functionality and ergonomics should be a big factor in how much you are willing to pay.
On the other hand, I never use my laptop on my lap anyway -- it's 17.3".
On the other hand (I'm a mutant), if I did buy a Surface, it would be because I planned to use it on the go, so a comfortable "lap"top experience would be a must.
They need to bring out a rigid docking keyboard, or something.

So, you never use your laptop on your lap, but you expect to be able to use something in a tablet form factor on your lap.

Gotcha.