tech2 News StaffDec 24, 2015 15:03:01 IST
Microsoft's refreshed Surface Pro 4 tablet is indeed coming to Indian in January this year. The confirmation comes much after the Microsoft Future Unleashed event where the company CEO, Satya Nadella had first announced the news about the tablet's arrival in India.
So indeed things are going as planned for now and Microsoft fans will finally be able to buy a Surface Pro 4 tablet in early January 2016 instead of ordering one through unofficial channels.
When it comes to hybrid tablets, nothing beats Microsoft’s Surface Pro series with the ultimate combination of a light tablet, powered by a desktop operating system (Windows 10) with a soft physical keyboard, a stylus and a powerful Intel chipset. Many have tried to copy it and few have succeeded to deliver a product of this class and caliber (with a few bugs). But then came along Apple.
Apple had the one thing going for it since the very beginning of the iPad series, iOS apps that were optimised for the iPad’s display; and there were plenty of them. So Apple came up with something unbelievable (at least for the Steve Jobs era) in the form of a massive iPad Pro aimed at professionals with a large display, soft keypad and even its own stylus called Apple Pencil.
Between the two tablets, each has its advantages. However, Apple looks like it has taken some inspiration from the Surface Pro 4 for its iPad Pro, and also targets the professional market, the combined cost of the iPad Pro along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard easily cross $1000 – a price at which one can get the MacBook Air which is a much more powerful workhorse. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 on the other hand comes with a desktop OS and with desktop class processor and RAM configuration that offers more power for both the casual and professional user.
For now the unofficial prices stand at $899 (approximately Rs 60,000) for a 128 GB Intel Core m3 version, $999 for the Core i5 128 GB variant and goes on till the Core i7 16 GB RAM and 256 GB variant is priced at a hefty $1799 (approximately Rs 1,19,000). You can even customise your high-end Pro 4 with up to 1 TB of internal storage ($2699).
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