With initial demand for Microsoft’s second-gen Surface tablets looking underwhelming (even by Surface standards) and increasing competition, including from the inside, it’s probably only a matter of time until the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 will get discounted.
When it rains, it pours. It was only 24 hours ago that we spotted the second-gen Microsoft Surface RT tab (likely to be called simply Surface 2) doing its benchmarking rounds with a Tegra 4 CPU inside, and we already have some scoop on its imminent Windows 8.1-powered counterpart.
You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist to tell the recent Surface RT price cuts were just the beginning of something. Something that’s now seen both the Surface Pro and Acer Iconia W3 get heavy discounts themselves.
It looks like Microsoft has started selling a new SKU of their not-so-popular Surface Pro tablet. The new Pro has a 256 GB SSD, and an affordable price tag of $1,199 only.
Microsoft is either giving away first generation Surface tablets for free or selling them at dirt cheap prices in an effort to clear stocks, perhaps before the 2nd generation Surface products arrive.
A special Microsoft Surface Pro flavor is slated for a June 7 Japanese launch with 256 GB of on-board storage. The slate is priced at roughly $1,000 and comes with pre-loaded Office 2013.