On Saturday, Microsoft began taking orders for its Surface Pro tablet with 128GB of storage and promising that these would be shipped on or before March 1. This offer is still available.
This version of the Windows 8 device has been hard to get since it launched on Feb. 9. That’s why anyone who would like this device should consider taking this offer — it’s not clear when additional units will be available.
When Microsoft runs out of its latest shipment of units, the status on the Microsoft online store will change to “Out of Stock”.
There is also a 64GB version of the Surface Pro which is not in short supply at all. This could be because Windows 8 Pro takes up such a significant percantage of the total storage capacity, to the point where the 128GB version has about 90GB of storage available to users, while the 64GB has only about 30GB.
For extra storage of files, users can get a 64GB microSDXC memory card for either version.
The 128 GB version costs $900, while the 64 GB one is $800. Those who would like to try before they buy can go to a Microsoft retail store, if the shopper is lucky enough to have one nearby.
Microsoft Surface Pro Overview
This computer has a 10.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, plus a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.
This tablet is built around an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM. Because it uses Windows 8 Pro, it is able to run software written for Windows 7 and earlier, in addition to apps written specifically for this new Microsoft operating system.
The device comes with a stylus dubbed “the Surface pen”, which has Palm Block technology. A Touch Cover or Type Cover is sold separately, at $120 and $130, respectively. Additional accessories for this tablet are in development.