Microsoft Expands Surface Pro Sales to China

Surface ProAmid news that Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet has sold 400,000 units in its first month, Microsoft has announced that it will begin selling the tablet in China beginning in April. According to Microsoft’s Chinese e-store, the Surface Pro will go on sale starting April 2 at 9 p.m. local time.

The Chinese debut will also mark the tablet’s first market expansion since its launch in the United States and Canada back on February 9. It was reported by that Microsoft was introducing the tablet in China around the same time as when Microsoft said it would go on sale.

The fact that the Surface Pro was headed to China has been no secret. Microsoft stated that the Windows 8 Pro-powered device would go on sale in several other markets in the second quarter of 2013. These markets include Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, the Microsoft Store has no prices for the Surface Pro, though another Chinese website, WPDang, stated that the 64GB model would cost 6,588 yuan, which is roughly $1,061US. The higher priced 128GB Surface Pro, on the other hand, will be priced at 7,388 yuan, equivalent to $1,190US. US prices for the Surface Pro come in at $899 for the 64GB and $999 for the 128GB.

Microsoft is hoping that the Surface Pro does better in China than the lower-priced Surface RT. Research firm IDC believes shipments, which are generally higher than sales, of the Surface Pro in China will be around 30,000 units during the last two months of 2012’s fourth quarter. Across the globe, Microsoft shipped 900,000 Surface RT tablets in the same time frame.

If you are interested in trying out the Surface tablet from Microsoft then contact your Tech Travel Agent and ask about renting a Surface tablet for your next business trip. Your Tech Travel Agent is capable of setting you up with any number of Surface tablets anywhere you need them. With one easy call you can have a Surface tablet in your hands before you know it!

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