Microsoft has trimmed the prices of its second-generation, Intel-based Surface Pro 2 tablets just ahead of the beginning of delivery of its Surface Pro 3.
Microsoft cut prices on some of its Surface Pro 2 models sold in the U.S. by $100 each and others by $200. The 64 GB, Core i5-based Surface Pro 2 is now $799 instead of $899; the highest end 512 GB model is now $1,599 instead of $1,799. Microsoft cut Surface Pro 2 prices in the UK in late May, and also seems to be cutting ARM-based Surface 2 prices in France, among other countries. (Thanks to @andreabarbera for the tip on France.)
There are two models of the Core i5-based Surface Pro 3: A 128 GB one for $999 and a 256 GB one for $1,299. Those prices include a pen, but not a cover/keyboard. The Core i3 and i7 models of the Surface Pro 3 aren't due out until later in August.
Some customers who preordered the i5 version of the Surface Pro 3 tweeted on June 17 that they've been notified their devices have shipped. When Microsoft made the Surface Pro 3 devices available for preorder here in the U.S., the ship date was listed as June 20. June 20 is also the date when the i5-based Surface Pro 3 devices will be available at retail, Microsoft officials have said.
Microsoft has had ship date for the 128 GB model of the Surface Pro 3 to June 30 (from June 20). The 265 GB model of Surface Pro 3 still is marked as shipping on June 20 on the Microsoft online store site.. It's not clear if that's due to high demand or insufficient supply; my bet (given ) would be the latter. It looks like supply may be an issue for Surface Pro 3, as well, given Microsoft has moved back the
During the company'sy, Surface chief Panos Panay acknowledged that Microsoft is planning to . The company has no current plans to phase out its ARM-based Surface 2 devices, Panay said.