Fans in India have long awaited the launch of Microsoft’s critically acclaimed Surface tablets in the country. And finally after making customers wait for 4 generations of the product, the company launched the fancy tablet in New Delhi. Yes, you can finally get your hands on the Surface Pro 3 and the Surface Pro 4 here in India, but after seeing the price, we doubt you’d want to.
Let’s begin with the Surface Pro 4. Newer of the two, the fabled device starts at Rs 89,990 ($1350). For this price, you get a Core i5, 4GB RAM, and 128 gigs of SSD storage. For Rs 120,990 ($1,810), you get 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage space instead. The final configuration offers Core i7, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for Rs 144,990 ($2,170).
To tell you how preposterous that pricing is, similar models sell for $999, $1,299 and $1,499 respectively in the US. The Surface Pro 3 on the other hand sells for Rs 73,990 ($1107) for Core i3, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage variant. All these models come sans the Surface Type keyboard and that costs an additional Rs 12,490 ($186). Apple Macbook Pro with 8GB RAM, Core i5 and 128GB SSD retails for Rs 88,000 instead and does not demand you shell extra on the keyboard. We only wish Microsoft had also launched the Surface 3 with Intel Atom along with the duo for a more logical asking price, given the lack of Windows tablets with 4GB RAM in the market.
Granted the Macbook doesn’t come with a touch screen or with the ability to turn into a tablet, it still seems like a better bargain. The Surface Pro even with all its killer specs is still not a 100% laptop replacement for some and asking such a price for a fancy tablet seems downright ridiculous. Our advice would be to get one simply from the US and save tons of money.
This is not the first time Microsoft has disappointed with the pricing though. The recently launched Lumia 950 and 950XL seem to be overpriced for what they offer as well, but in that case, at least they’ve been priced similarly to what they’re sold for in the other markets.
After making users wait for so long, the offerings seem like a crude joke in the face of Indian customers. Don’t expect the pricing to drop anytime soon either. We can only imagine what the price for the Surface Book would have been like had that been launched today as well. Still, if you’ve set your heart on the machine (which is great otherwise) and don’t mind spending a fortune on it, you can grab one off Amazon India. Microsoft proprietary stores will be showcasing the product but won’t be selling it at least for the next six months. Although they’re usually located in places next to Apple ones and that’s where we’re expecting most of the crowd to be anyway.