Microsoft to sell 256GB Surface Pro tablet in Japan

sproWith Microsoft Australia set to release its Ivy Bridge-class version of the Surface Pro this week, news from Microsoft is that Japan will see a 256GB model.

Surface Pro is Microsoft’s answer to the tablet invasion, a tablet/notebook hybrid powered by an Intel Core i5 3317U CULV processor and featuring either 64GB ($999) or 128GB ($1099) of flash storage. It comes with 4GB of RAM plus Windows 8 Pro operating system, so it’ll run what Microsoft calls ‘legacy’ (read ‘standard Windows’) apps.

But it looks like the Japanese market is about to see a 256GB offering when it goes on sale there next month. Not only that, there will be no 64GB version for the Japanese market.

Currently, Microsoft says Surface Pro is good for ‘around five hours’ battery life’. But with Intel’s Haswell-class processors not far away, it’ll be interesting to see just how much Intel can improve battery life.

If it can do so significantly, it might make the existing Ivy Bridge-class Surface Pro look dated very quickly.

However, given Surface Pro is only just being launched in Asian markets, it’s unlikely we’ll see a Haswell Surface Pro tablet within the next three months.

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