Thursday, May 30, 2013

Japanese Surface Pro shows off 256GB of storage, new Touch Covers, Office 2013

Storage-starved Surface Pro owners may take heart in this news. A new variant of the Surface Pro, one destined for the Japanese market, was announced on Wednesday, and it sports a storage tier not seen before: 256GB of internal storage.

Concern over the Surface Pro's storage arose when it became known that the 64GB model had only 29GB of storage available to an end user. Additionally, the 64GB Surface Pro model seems to be missing from the Japanese launch, signaling that the lifespan of the 64GB version is nearing an end.

This new model is the first one that deviates from the Microsoft's 64GB and 128GB versions. The Surface Pro will be available in Japan on June 7.

The 128GB version will sell for for 99,800 yen ($975), while the 256GB version will go for 119,800 yen ($1,171). In addition, Japanese customers will have access to some exclusive Touch Cover variants. Both models ship with Office Home and Business 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook) in addition to Windows 8.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 10-inch tablet launched in February. While applauded for the most part, it has a number of negatives, not the least of which are storage limitations, battery life (and Windows 8). While only three months old, it's already hoped that the Surface Pro 2 will appear sooner, rather than later, sporting Intel's new and less power-hungry Haswell chipsets.



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