Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID is Heading to 26 New Markets

Posted on March 2, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 0 Comments

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID is Heading to 26 New Markets

Good news for those living outside the United States and Canada who would like to purchase Microsoft’s awesome Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID: It’s now available for pre-order in 26 new markets.

“We’ve heard from a lot of customers that they really love the convenience and security of Windows Hello, which allows them to log into their device with just a look or a touch,” the Microsoft Devices Team writes in a new post to the Microsoft Devices Blog. “The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID, which allows you to log in with your fingerprint on your Surface Pro 4 or Surface Pro 3.”

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID was announced alongside Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book back in October, but it’s availability has been limited to just two markets since launch: The US and Canada.

But now, the Type Cover—which, again, also works with Surface Pro 3—is being made available in the following markets as well: Austria, Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Surface Pro 4 (like Surface Book) comes with a Windows Hello-compatible camera for facial recognition, but I happen to prefer fingerprint reader sign-in. And of course if you’re a Surface Pro 3 user, this is a neat way to extend the life of your device.

While there’s no word yet on when the Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID will ship in these additional markets, or how much it will cost, the Type Cover costs $160 in the United States. It is available only in black (or what Microsoft calls “Onyx”), while the other Surface Pro 4 Type Covers (without a fingerprint reader) are available in various color choices.


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