Microsoft dips Surface Pro 2 prices in preparation for Surface Pro 3

Prices surge between US$100 and US$200 off the second-gen Surface Pro 2
Microsoft dips Surface Pro 2 prices in preparation for Surface Pro 3

With the local availability of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 nearing, the tech conglomerate has slashed the price of the Surface Pro 2, a move that's obviously an intention to clear the existing stock of its second-gen Windows 8 tablet.

Currently only available in the US and some European countries, the price trim fluctuates between US$100 and US$200 depending on the model. The 64GB, Core i5-based Surface Pro 2 is now priced at US$799 instead of US$899, while its higher-end 512GB unit is US$1599, from US$1799.

When Microsoft was introducing its Surface Pro 3 at a media launch in New York City, its Surface chief, Panos Panay, claimed that with the introduction of the third-gen tablet, the company is anticipating the production halt and eventual phase out of its Surface Pro 2 device roll-out.

But, he added that the plans do not include the ARM-based Surface 2 devices.

But the Surface Pro 3 pre-orders have commenced...

Microsoft dips Surface Pro 2 prices in preparation for Surface Pro 3

In Singapore, pre-orders for the Surface Pro 3 started late last month for two different configurations. The base configuration, which comprises 64GB of storage and Intel i3 processor costs S$1108 (RM2858), and the premium unit with 512GB of storage and an Intel i7 processor is priced at S$2698 (RM6960).  According to Microsoft Singapore, the stocks will be shipped by the end of August. We'll update the site as soon as we hear of Malaysia availability. 

Think the new Surface Pro 3 is way out of your budget? Sorry folks, you won't have the choice to buy the cheaper Surface Pro 2 since it never came to Malaysia.

But if you want a Microsoft tablet but feel the Surface Pro 3 doesn’t quite sit with your budget, and don’t mind a lower spec-ed, slightly outdated but more importantly more affordable Surface 2 running on Windows RT, the tablet starts from RM1399.

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