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Microsoft launches Surface Pro in NZ

31 May 13

"With the grunt and capability of a laptop and the mobility of a tablet", Microsoft has released the Surface Pro in New Zealand.

The software giant says the device provides customers with a fully functional PC that looks, feels and acts like a tablet, allowing Kiwis to do virtually everything they can do on a PC.

With a starting recommended retail price of $1349, Surface Pro will be available at Harvey Norman, JB HiFi and Noel Leeming.

“We know that people who are out and about need a fast and familiar way to view, present and create, as well as staying connected with their email, apps, calendars, social networks, music and games," says Frazer Scott, Marketing and Operations director, Microsoft New Zealand.

"Surface Pro delivers on all these needs, which makes it a unique and desirable device for both consumers and businesses.

“Lifestyle is as important as work needs when you choose your technology.

"At about the size of an A4 diary and lighter than a gym water bottle, it’s a tablet you can take anywhere and do anything using the software you know and trust.”

The device offers a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for adding additional storage, including a 16:9 widescreen high-definition display.

“Following the Surface RT launch in March, the introduction of Surface Pro is an exciting development for our customers," says Dean Edwards, Windows Business Group manager, Microsoft New Zealand.

"Windows 8 really comes alive on Surface and customers can now take full advantage of the power of Surface Pro, the features of Windows 8 Pro, and the ability to run apps from the Windows Store as well as legacy software."

Key features

· Surface Pro is a 64-bit tablet PC with mobility up to 128GB of storage, powered by an Intel Core i5 processor

· The device weighs less than a kilo and is 13.5mm thin

· The Surface Pro features BitLocker which encrypts hard drive data, helping to keep information safe

Pricing

Microsoft says pricing for the Surface Pro 64GB is $1349 RRP, while the Surface Pro 128GB will cost $1499 RRP.

Unlike the Surface RT, Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro on the same day as it launched in the Australian market.

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