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Larger Surface Pro 2 Models Not Shipping Until December

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Several Surface tablets won't ship until December.

In September, Microsoft showered the rumor mill with loads of truth about the upcoming second-generation Surface tablets, opening up pre-orders on September 24 for the Tegra 4-based Surface 2 (sans the RT) and the Haswell-based Surface Pro 2. The release date was originally scheduled to be on October 22, just days after Microsoft floods customers with the Windows 8.1 update, but now many Surface releases have seen a bit of a delay.

The Microsoft Store reveals that the $899 Surface Pro 2 64 GB model will ship to customers on October 21, one day early. However, the 32 GB and 64 GB Surface 2 models aren't scheduled to ship until October 25. The same goes for the 128 GB model of the Surface Pro 2, also experiencing a slight delay, which previously was marked as out of stock.

For customers looking to scoop up the more expensive 256 GB and 512 GB Surface Pro 2 models, these units won't ship until December 15. The original batch that went on sale when Microsoft opened up the pre-purchases last month have sold out, and will reportedly ship on October 21.

Currently, the Type Cover 2, selling for $129.99, is only sold in Purple. The Charcoal version is listed as "out of stock" while the Cyan and Magenta covers are listed as "coming soon." The Charcoal Touch Cover 2 can be pre-ordered for $119.99 now, and then ship on October 29. Additional accessories compatible with these tablets can be found here.

As a quick reference, here is what Microsoft is listing in regards to price and ship dates:

  • Surface Pro 2 64 GB          $899    October 21
  • Surface Pro 2 128 GB        $999    October 25
  • Surface Pro 2 256 GB     $1,299    December 15
  • Surface Pro 2 512 GB     $1,799    December 15
  • Surface 2 32 GB              $449    October 25
  • Surface 2 64 GB              $549    October 25

UPDATE: The two Surface Pro 2 prices have been fixed, as well as the info about the larger tablets. Thanks for the feedback! -KP

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    stevejnb , October 16, 2013 7:52 AM
    Lame... Out of my price range, and I've already got a Windows 8 pro tablet I'll be happy with for a year or two, but those big models with the 8gb of RAM are the type of thing I'll be looking at in the future.

    Also, you've got two of the Surface Pro 2 models listed for $89 and $99 respectively... I may well end up having to buy one if those are the prices.
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    michael908 , October 16, 2013 7:56 AM
    A quick glance at the price chart I though "Whoa, finally Microsoft became aggressive with pricing" then i realized it was a typo.
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    Pinhedd , October 16, 2013 8:06 AM
    $99? Come on Toms
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    outlw6669 , October 16, 2013 8:19 AM
    Wow, $99 for a 128GB Surface 2 Pro?
    Sold!
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    therogerwilco , October 16, 2013 8:40 AM
    This is the same misunderstanding CNET had. The original wave of preorders will ship with their original date of the 21st. They sold out. So now the next available date is the 15th of Dec. Please adjust your article Tom's; I would hate to think you're in the same league as CNET providing incorrect data.
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    slzmn , October 16, 2013 8:43 AM
    This article is inaccurate. If you pre-ordered a 256/512GB SP2 and received a ship date of 10/21, your SP2 will ship on time. I confirmed this with MS yesterday. MS is sold out of the initial supply of the 256/512GB SP2s, so if you order today (after 10/14), your ship date is "before Dec 15".
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    typicalGeek , October 16, 2013 9:20 AM
    I'll be the first to admit that I didn't check the specifications of the Pro tablets, so perhaps you're getting something more than just more storage with the more expensive models. However, at least on first glance, it seems MS doesn't even think people can do SIMPLE math.

    If the models are as follows:
    64G - $899
    128G - $999 *$100 per 64G of extra storage vs. base
    256G - $1299 *$133.33 per 64G of extra storage vs. base
    512G - $1799 *$128.57 per 64G of extra storage vs. base

    In this case MS is charging up to 29-33% MORE for those who want more storage.
    Frankly, if they were not playing these games they'd probably sell a ton more of the 256/512 models. (At a much more fair $1199 and $1599 -- even better if they gave you a break and charged LESS per GB for the higher capacity models... just like SSD makers do. Thanks to them we all know that flash memory is MUCH cheaper than $1/GB now. Why try to charge up to $2.08 per GB when it's embedded in your device?)
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    stevejnb , October 16, 2013 9:23 AM
    Geek, I know that the latter two models have an extra 4gb of RAM each (8gb vs 4gb on the smaller models). Might be other changes too, not sure... But, it is a reality of current SSD's that the price increases at a faster rate than their size.. You can get four 128gb SSD's for quite a bit less than a 500'ish gb SSD.

    Any which way, all of these storage options are overpriced, but that's par for the course. Some companies offer size upgrades for $50'ish, but most stick to $100 per size increment and rake in the cash off of users in doing so.
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    m32 , October 16, 2013 9:32 AM
    Surface Pro 2 64 GB $89 October 21
    Surface Pro 2 128 GB $99 October 25

    Something ain't right....
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    joe nate , October 16, 2013 9:53 AM
    "In this case MS is charging up to 29-33% MORE for those who want more storage.
    Frankly, if they were not playing these games they'd probably sell a ton more of the 256/512 models. (At a much more fair $1199 and $1599 -- even better if they gave you a break and charged LESS per GB for the higher capacity models... just like SSD makers do. Thanks to them we all know that flash memory is MUCH cheaper than $1/GB now. Why try to charge up to $2.08 per GB when it's embedded in your device?)"

    It seems their reasoning is "Because Apple gets away with it too." Look at the ipad prices for extra storage space. $100 more per extra doubling of the memory of the previous model.
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    lca1443 , October 16, 2013 10:11 AM
    The 256 and 512 have more ram as well.
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    Howard Abraham , October 16, 2013 10:33 AM
    If you had been monitoring the ship date for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 you would have known that the ship dates have changed several time as production runs sell out. Yes, some of the dates are currently December 15 but that doesn't affect people who have already ordered.
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    game junky , October 16, 2013 10:52 AM
    I have a Surface Pro 128GB - it is commonly using upwards of 3GB of RAM while I work so I can imagine users with lots of excel docs or browser sessions open will welcome the additional RAM. I was considering the 256GB w/ 8GB of RAM but $300 is a steep price difference and until I see IO specs for the msata drive's performance differences between the 128GB and 256GB models I think I am going to keep what I have. The additional battery life is very tempting but that's a big chunk of my hardware budget that will be difficult to justify.
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    back_by_demand , October 16, 2013 11:09 AM
    I am waiting for the Pro 2 to land in student deals then will buy one with my faculty ID
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    slzmn , October 16, 2013 12:40 PM
    Quote:
    I am waiting for the Pro 2 to land in student deals then will buy one with my faculty ID


    I pre-ordered the SP2 256GB for my son. Educational discount applied to SP2 only, not the type cover. Saved $129.
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    damianrobertjones , October 16, 2013 3:03 PM
    "For customers looking to scoop up the more expensive 256 GB and 512 GB Surface Pro 2 models, these units won't ship until December 15"

    Rubbish. I haven't had any notification from MS that my pre-order has been delayed (Over here in the UK)
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    grimtriad , October 16, 2013 3:49 PM
    Surface storage prices are a bit out there but I believe they are using MicroSSD (the stuff made for fast booting that you can find ports for on nice motherboards) and those are about twice the price of normal SSD drives for the same size. I priced them recently and a good brand was $1-$2 a gig. At these prices Microsoft is asking about $2 a gig not including the additional 4gigs of ram. So, as long as they are getting high quality MicroSSD's for these, it's actually pretty close to retail.

    So close to getting a 256 but as I have a Surface Pro I couldn't justify $1300 for the Ram/CPU/SSD upgrade.

    _WAter_
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    Aleeccx , October 16, 2013 7:22 PM
    i just got email from Microsoft that they have shipped my surface pro 2 256gb and i will receive it on 22nd October . i also got text message from the courier confirming me the delivery date . how can you say they will not ship till December ?
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    Aleeccx , October 16, 2013 7:23 PM
    I might just add that i am from Sydney Australia
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    drithro , October 18, 2013 4:39 PM
    I got an email from MS today saying that my credit card provider declined the transaction and that I would need to contact them and re-order my 256GB (Canada). I phoned my credit card provider and they informed that the per-approval went through from MS with success and there were no more transactions after that.

    Interestingly enough on my Surface Pro 2 order I also ordered a keyboard and mouse with the same card and these were delivered weeks ago.

    Looking around the forums it seems a few folks have been hit with this 'cancellation' of their pre-order. I phoned MS and the rep informed that no 256 or 512 Pros will ship before Dec 15. Needless to say, after all that run-around I elected not to place a new order. Unbelievable MS, I gave up on the Surface 1 after my pre-order went 3 odd months past delivery at Best Buy, looks like I wont be getting an SP2 either.
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