UPDATE: Microsoft confirms that the new Surface Pro for 2017 will be officially available in Malaysia starting 15 August 2017.
The 5th generation Microsoft Surface Pro has finally arrived in Malaysia. This convertible 2-in-1 laptop was first announced a few months ago and you can now secure your unit online from as low as RM3,699.
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The new Microsoft Surface 2 will go on sale in Malaysia this Friday on 14th March. It will be priced at RM1,399 for the 32GB version and RM1,699 for the larger 64GB capacity unit. In terms of specs, the Surface 2 runs on a Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.6″ screen that does Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution and boasts a battery life with 10 hours of usage.
Along with the new Surface 2, Microsoft Malaysia is also bringing in their latest Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 which are priced at RM379 and RM409 respectively.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Surface RT has been slashed to RM1,199 for the 64GB version while the Surface Pro with 128GB storage is now priced at RM1,899. Its smaller storage capacity models appears to have been discontinued. Pricing for the original Touch Cover and Type Cover has been revised as well to RM279 and RM319 respectively. If you’re not looking for the latest, the Surface Pro 128GB model seems to be a rather good buy right now that’s running the previous 3rd generation Core i5 processor.
For those requiring a real laptop replacement, you should consider the Surface Pro 2 which runs on a full fledged Windows 8.1. That comes with a Intel Core i5 processor with a choice of either 4GB and 8GB of RAM with storage capacity up to 512GB. There’s no word on its pricing and availability at the moment.
After the arrival of Microsoft Surface RT, Microsoft has finally brought in the Surface Pro version to Malaysia. Powered with a more capable 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8, the Microsoft Surface Pro is available in either 64GB or 128GB storage that’s priced at RM2,749 and RM3,049 respectively. As comparison, the Windows RT based Microsoft Surface RT is priced at RM1,549 (32GB) and RM1,849 (64GB).
Other differences with the Surface RT is a 10.6″ Full HD display, 4GB of RAM and a bigger 42 Watt/hr battery. In terms of dimensions, the Surface Pro is slightly thicker (13.5mm) and heavier (907g) than the RT version. Another extra item you’ll get with the Surface Pro is the Surface Pen which acts as a stylus/pen input device.
In terms of availability, the Surface Pro will be available this Friday June 7th onwards at Challenger, Harvey Norman and Thundermatch outlets. The price above is only for the standalone tablet device. Those requiring the full productivity experience of a keyboard would need to buy it separately at RM379 for the touch cover or RM409 for the type cover. The type cover comes only in black while the touch cover has an array of black, white, cyan, red and magenta colours to choose from.
For more info, head over to Microsoft’s Surface page.