Hot on the heels of one of the most bizarre release date drives in the history of the market, Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Pro Tablet will launch in the UK and other parts of Europe later this month. Following the US and Canada, additional countries to be ‘graced’ by the presence of the Surface Pro Tablet include Great Britain, Germany, France and Austria.
Since being announced last year and summarily delayed rather endlessly, the Surface Pro Tablet has been one of the biggest talking points in the world’s tech community as a whole. Packing all the specs and features of a modest Ultrabook PC into an $899 Tablet PC casing, the Surface Pro has faced a difficult time in proving its worth and striking a chord with any consumer base.
Immediately after its launch in the US, Microsoft reported that the Surface Pro had been a sell-out success – reports that conflicted with those of various retailers who argued that they’d only actually been supplied with a dozen or so in the first place. And since then, we’ve heard one or two not-exactly reassuring words from Microsoft executives who apparently don’t ever see the Surface Pro or Surface RT hitting the big time.
However, there has also been fresh talk this week of a possible Surface Mini release date in the pipeline for this year, which has the real potential to transform the fortunes of the project as a whole. Analysts agree that both the Surface Pro and the Surface RT missed the sweet-spots in terms of balancing specs, features and affordability – something a 7-inch Surface Mini could achieve in spades.
7-inch Tablets have become the primary products of interest for an already massive and growing consumer base the world over, as portability and overall bang-for-buck top the wish-lists of a growing majority.
Or to put it another way, if the Microsoft Surface Mini is to ever launch, the opportune time really is now.