Microsoft Surface Pro 4 News: UK Release Date Announced

Microsoft has announced it will soon be releasing its brand new Surface Pro 4 in the UK by the end of the year.

Redmond, Washington tech giant Microsoft recently held a major launch event in New York last Tuesday where it unveiled two of its new Windows 10 Lumia smartphones, the Microsoft Band 2, a surprise Surface Book laptop, and its much touted Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid, the latter of which is expected to arrive in the UK by November and December.

The Surface Pro 4 will come in a number of iterations from Core M3 to Core i7 and UK residents have been able to preorder the laptop hybrid from the Microsoft Store since October 7, a day after the company's big hardware launch event.

With a release date scheduled for October 26 in the US, it won't be available for sale in the UK until November 12, while users looking to purchase the device's Core i7 model will have to wait until December 10 to order their Surface Pro 4.

The laptop hybrid starts at a price point of $899 (£749) for the 128GB Intel Core M3, with its most expensive iteration being the 1TB Intel Core i7 at $2,699.

Microsoft has released a statement saying they "do not comment on pending market availability," on iterations of the Surface Pro 4, continuing that it will continue to meet its customers' demands according to a "phased approach," which has been interpreted to mean the 1TB Core i7 model may be made available in the UK if enough consumers request for it.

The Surface Pro 4 hybrid, which is technically a tablet, but comes with a detachable keyboard and accompanying kick stand, has received significant upgrades since its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3.

Designed as a thinner model at only 8.4mm, it still offers a full-sized USB port, but weighs a lighter 766 grams, despite a larger 12.3-inch screen with a 267ppi.

The device's display is protected by Gorilla Glass, and contains a hybrid cooling system for its Intel Skylake CPU, 16GB of RAM and 1TB SSD. It carries a USB 3.0 port, a microSD slot, a Mini Display port, an 8MP camera, and an optional TypeCover.

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