Thursday, May 30, 2013

Surface Pro arriving in Japan

Microsoft (MSFT) took their sweet time with Surface Pro, even when it was first released in USA. It came 3 more than 3 months later to the market. It is finally coming to Japanese market.

If they released it 3 months ago when it first came out in USA, I would have bought one. The price would have been cheaper too because the Japanese Yen was stronger. Now it is almost unaffordable.

The price is ¥100,000 ($1000) for the 128GB model and ¥120,000 ($1200) for the 256GB model. Yes, that's right. There is a 256GB model. The 64GB model is no more. GOOD! It was a joke to begin with. Only 20 odd GB free space? Are you kidding me?
On top of that, MSFT is giving away Office 2013 for free. FREE! That's not bad at all. But I wonder why they are doing that. Office is their number one productivity suite. Something just does not feel right.
They are also bringing some type/touch covers with fancy new designs. (Note: You have to buy them separately. Duh!)
They can do all these cool stuff, but they are not going to win my love this time round. I'm set on my current tablet for another couple of years I guess. They think we pluck money from trees?
Besides, I don't see why anyone would want to buy this AT THIS TIME anyways. One would assume that the new Haswell CPU based tablets are right around the corner. IMO, people should wait for those. Surface Pro eats battery life. Haswell CPUs will probably rectify that a bit. Heck, it doesn't have to be a Surface. I'm sure few makers would bring new Haswell based tablets soon. Nobody would want the Surface Pro then.
I'll probably look at a Broadwell based tablet as my next tablet. But even Haswell will be few times faster than my current Clovertrail based DELL Latitude Essentials tablet. Oh well. Everyone has to live with what they've done in the past.
But if any of you is interested in buying this, click here.

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