Microsoft has made the most powerful versions of its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 device available in more territories, bringing 1TB editions of its own-brand tablet and convertible to eight countries, including the UK.
The Surface Pro 4 tablet and the Surface Book have been available for some months, but Microsoft has now announced that key markets including Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Switzerland can all get the more powerful models, and some countries are getting the Surface 4 Pro for the first time.
Availability in Germany and Japan will start in July, and Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands will get the Surface Book, which is to all intents and purposes a laptop, later in the summer.
This is the first time the 1TB models have been available outside the US since launch, and they're highly desirable items. Both offer 16GB of RAM and an Intel i7 processor, and the Surface Book adds Nvidia graphics, but they also come at a realtively high price.
The 1TB Surface Book costs £2,649 and the Surface Pro 4 £2,199, so these are most definitely high-end products.
"Even in our cloud-connected world, 1TB of SSD storage is a powerful addition to the device for customers who put a premium on having all of their work with them wherever they go," said Microsoft's Senior Communications Manager for Surface, Dan Laycock.
"We talk to videographers and photographers who want the capacity to capture hundreds of large image files every day and process them in real time, without having to go back to their studios.
"There are people in a huge variety of fields - from legal to sales to medicine to digital art and music, who depend on a library of presentations, digital content and image and video files relating to client projects - who want truly instant access to all of these resources on job sites, in the air and wherever else they may find themselves."
Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that the firm will discontinue the Surface 3 tablet. The Surface 4 comes only in 'Pro' configuration, so it could leave a gaping hole in Microsoft's hardware offerings.
Fortunately, it looks like the successor will be unveiled in early 2017 to coincide with the second Redstone update to Windows 10.
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