Microsoft this morning announced that previously-promised high-end versions of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 that feature 1 TB of storage are now available for order. And as an added bonus, Surface fans can pick up a new gold version of the Surface Pen as well.
“This new Surface Book will be available online-only via Microsoft Stores and other select retailers,” Microsoft explains. “The new Surface Pro 4 will be available in Microsoft stores and through select retailers.”These products are only available in the United States and Canada, at least for now. But Microsoft had previously announced its plans to bring the new devices to more markets in 2016.
More specifically, Surface Book today picks up a new $3200 configuration that includes a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of solid-state storage, and discrete graphics.
For Surface Pro 4, you need to custom configure the device to get up to 1 TB of storage: A similarly configured Pro 4, with a Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage costs $2700. (Discrete graphics are not available on Pro 4.) And this is the only option if want 1 TB of storage: You need to configure the Core i7 processor and 16 GB RAM options first.
Given what’s happening with Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, you may want to hold off before plunking down that much money. My guess is that Microsoft can and will solve the reliability issues with firmware updates. But it’s not clear what the timing will be.
Additionally, Microsoft announced a new gold Surface Pen, which is available now in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. It joins the previously-available silver, black, and dark blue versions, and works identically.