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New Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Launched India, Priced at $999 and Up

By Radu Iorga

India may be Lenovo’s playing field, since they’re getting solid results on the tablet market, but Microsoft also wants a foothold there. As such, they’re debuting locally the Microsoft Surface Pro, a move that was expected for many months now. The product starts at $999.

Launched in USA last summer, the Surface Pro tablet took its time to get to India. Interestingly, Microsoft skipped the first two generations of Surface in India, but the Surface Pro 3 and Pro 4 came there in January 2016. The Surface Book still isn’t available there. The starting price of $999 brings locals an Intel Core m3 model, with 128 GB of SSD storage, 4 GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 615.

There’s also a Core i5 version with 128 GB of SSD storage at $1230. You can go as high as Intel Core i7, 512 GB of SSD and 16 GB of RAM, plus Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 for $2814. The new Surface Pro will be available on Amazon and Flipkart, plus leading offline stores, like Croma, Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales and other retailers. For commercial customers, the slate will come to over 130 commercial resellers.

Accessories are also available, like the Surface Pro Type Cover (black), Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, Surface Pen and Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse.

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Microsoft Surface Pro Is Now 5 Years Old; Here’s the Rise and Fall of the Tablet Series

By Radu Iorga

I almost can’t believe it’s been 5 years since the Microsoft Surface Pro debuted. The product’s lifespan was a story of ups and downs, as there were points when it underwhelmed and moments when it conquered the market, at least in its segment of tablet-laptop hybrids. Let’s have a look at the history.

First of all the actual birthday is Friday, February 9th, that’s when the tablet turned 5. The original product brought a lot to the table when it comes to productivity and creativity, plus detachable computers. Windows RT and the Surface RT were flops, but the first Surface Pro was very well received. When it came out the artistry and engineering behind it were majestic.

Nobody was using magnesium back then and not even today there aren’t that many companies relying on that approach. The keyboard accessories, the styli and even the kickstand and its most flexible angles of the later generations were much appreciated. Still, during the lifespan of the product problems began to appear, either with faulty software updates, or simply bugs plaguing the devices.

According to IDC right now the sales of detachable Surface devices are down almost 19% from the year before. Microsoft did have some pretty decent sales of Surface models, but Q4 2017 brought a steep decline. Still, there’s no denying that Surface Pro paved the way for a new set of devices, like the Lenovo Miix 520 to name just one. It even made Apple realize the potential of a stylus and keyboard used in tandem with a tablet and some say even spawned the iPad Pro.

Microsoft sold 748k Surface devices in Q4 last year, an 18.8% drop compared to the quarter from the previous year. For all 2017 the company sold 3 million Surface units, which is down 16.8% from 2016. IDC takes into account here the detachables, like the Surface Pro 3, 4 and Pro (2017), as well as the Surface Book and Surface Book 2. Surface Laptop, Studio and Hub are NOT included.

Where it matters Microsoft still holds its own, in the true convertible market, as defined by IDC, where it’s placed second following the iPad Pro. Detachables stand for just 14% of the total tablet market, according to IDC and growth is expected over time. One of the main problems with the Surface Pro devices is that the upgrades from one generation to the other have been small, in both design and specs.

Now with the Always Connect PCs there may be a new niche to explore, one that even the Surface Pro models may tackle some day, with ARM in tow, who knows. When all is said and done, one thing is for sure: you can go ahead and ask most owners of Surface Pro devices and they’ll all tell you they’re happy with their products, a feeling I’ve seen more than once in online communities.

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Microsoft Surface Pro With LTE Advanced Now Up for Purchase for Business Users

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft has just decided to make available to business customers the LTE Advanced version of the Surface Pro. The product was already announced back in October and it’s only now shipping to select clients in select markets.

The 12 inch slate is actually the third Surface unit to come with this feature, following the Surface 2 and the 2015 Surface 3. The device relies on a Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 Category 9 modem, which supports 20 cellular bands and offers speeds up to 450 Mbps. In order to use LTE you can opt for an embedded SIM and choose a data plan from the Windows Store or insert a nano SIM card next to the microSD.

Microsoft hasn’t made available the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced on its online store yet, but business customers can get it from partners, such as Insight. The basic, core version comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage, priced at $1149. Double the RAM and SSD will take you up to $1449. You can see in the image below the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced, featuring an embedded SIM and a nano SIM tray.

You can get the device here, with Core i5, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD storage.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Jests About iPad Users “Not Using a Real Computer” While in India

By Radu Iorga

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO made the headlines this week, after a gesture and line that would fit in the antics of Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer, rather than the cool and laid back official. Microsoft’s main man was visiting India, when he ran into two journalists using iPads. What happened next is detailed below.

Nadella said to the two “You need to get a real computer, my friend”. This completes the whole Microsoft attitude towards the iPads, which made the headlines before, when other officials said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line also said that the iPad Pro is a result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2 in 1 segment.

It’s true that the devices are similar, since they have touchscreens, metal bodies and attachable keyboards, but from that to copying there’s a long way to go. Back to Nadella he claimed at one point that Microsoft and Apple were competing in different segments. Microsoft was mentioned as a tool creator, while Apple was named as the maker of luxury goods.

It’s also true that Satya Nadella was much more polite than Steve Jobs or Steve Ballmer would have been in similar situations. The two I just mentioned are famous for getting angry fast, or even stomping on rival products. It’s also bizarre that Microsoft seemed to move very fast with the Office for iPad, faster than any other Office released, so when it comes to profit they don’t stray from working with competition.

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Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced Version Coming in December

By Radu Iorga

The LTE version of the Microsoft Surface Pro was rumored to have been delayed till 2018 at some point, but then Microsoft clarified the matter and promised a release this year. Now we have even more ample details, with the device coming with LTE-Advanced in December.

The device has global connectivity and fast transfer speeds, courtesy of a Category 9 4G LTE modem. Microsoft Surface Pro LTE Advanced supports 20 cellular bands and offers download speeds of up to 450 Mbps. Microsoft actually claims this is the “fastest LTE-enabled laptop in its class”. They probably compared it to the older Surface models, with a Category 6 modem, at 300 Mbps tops.

Specs aren’t clearly detailed, but we are expecting the base model to come with an Intel Core i5 processor, priced at $1149. The extra connectivity adds around $150 to the cost of the device. The most affordable Surface Pro with Core i5 CPU can be bought for $999, but there’s also a higher specced unit, with double the storage and RAM (256 GB and 8 GB), at $1299.

Keep in mind that Microsoft doesn’t yet list the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced on its online store, but it only mentions availability for business customers. So, things are just as we left them: December it is.

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