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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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Windows Tablet Sales Increase on Account of Enterprise Segment Demand

By Radu Iorga

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Microsoft’s Surface segment has been bringing in serious cash for the past year or so and with Windows tablets being in reasonably high demand in corporations, that trend isn’t about to change anytime soon. CIOS and other IT segment operations are opting for Microsoft mobile devices more and more.

Sales of Windows tablets have been increasing recently, thanks to the interest from the corporate area. In Q2 2015 sales of slates in general increased merely 2% from the first quarter and generally the tablet market has been slowing its growth hugely over the past years. The core of the growth is dominated by 4G slates, 2 in 1 models and bigger devices.

The problem of tablets was that they weren’t seeing much of an adoption in enterprises. The lack of keyboard and the small screen bummed out most blue collars. The lack of support for productivity apps was another problem, till Microsoft’s CEO managed to bring a decent Office solution to iOS and Android ahead of a truly touch/mobile Office on Windows as a paradox.

The Surface and Surface Pro tablets eliminated both the problem with the lack of keyboard and productivity apps, also the small screen. Discounts are available for corporations and enterprise software is already set up. We’re seeing more institutions purchasing the Surface in bulk, like banks, hospitals, universities and such. With the iPad Pro ready to fight for this market segment, it will be interesting to follow the market over the next year. Microsoft does have a head start…

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