Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet has now gone on sale, although so far only the Intel i5 version is available in the US.
The Surface Pro 3 with i5 can also be selected with two different storage options of either 128GB or 256GB. The 128GB versions costs $999 and the $256 version $1,299.
Corporate vice president for Surface Computing at Microsoft Panos Panay wrote in a blog post that the new devices were available and confirmed that other versions would be available from the start of August.
“Those who are interested in the Core i3 and Core i7 versions will remember that when we first announced the product we said these would be shipping ‘in August’,” he wrote.
“Thanks to some great work by our team, I can confirm that, in this case, ‘in August’ means August 1, which is when these versions will arrive in stores and at commercial resellers in Canada and the US.”
Panay also confirmed that all models of the device with Intel i3, i5 and i7 processors will be available in key markets by the end of August. This includes the UK, Australia, China, Germany and France.
Panay also confirmed that the new Docking Station for the Surface Pro 3 is on its way, although it will not arrive until Friday 15 August in Canada and the US. It is available for pre-order.
V3 recently had a chance to test out the Surface Pro 3 powered by the Intel Core i5 processor at the Computex show in Taiwan.
Microsoft has also touted the device as the ideal tool for businesses that do not want staff to have to compromise between laptops and tablets, or carry around both, with firms such as Coca-Cola as early adopters.
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