Microsoft looks set to anger UK buyers of its Surface Pro tablet following the device's debut in Japan, where it is shipping with twice the storage and Microsoft's Office 2013 included.
When the Surface Pro finally went on sale in the UK on 23 May, it was priced at £719 for the version with a 64GB SSD and £799 for a 128GB SSD version.
However, the Surface Pro is now being featured on Microsoft's Surface website in Japan, where it is available in 128GB and 256GB versions. Additionally, Japanese customers appear to be offered a built-in copy of Microsoft's Office Home & Business 2013 suite included in the price, while UK buyers are forced to buy this separately.
Available from 7 June, the top-end Surface Pro will cost 119,800 Yen, which equates to about £780 – less than the price of the 128GB version available to UK buyers.
At the time of writing, Microsoft had not responded to requests from V3 as to whether a 256GB version of the Surface Pro would be available in the UK, or whether Microsoft has plans to bundle Office with its tablet here in the future.
V3 reviewed the Surface Pro earlier this month, giving Microsoft's Windows 8 tablet a cautious approval. The device was praised for its good performance, but criticised for its weight and high price tag compared with other tablet devices.
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