No Surface details for New Zealand
Microsoft New Zealand says it doesn't know when Kiwis will be able to buy its Surface computer, which will go on sale in the United States next week priced from US$499.
The computer - a cross between a tablet computer and a traditional notebook that Microsoft first showed off in June - will go on sale in its stores and online in the United States and Canada next Friday. It would also be available in Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Britain, Microsoft announced overnight.
Microsoft New Zealand was unable to immediately confirm pricing outside the US, but The Australian reported that the Surface would be priced from A$559 in Australia - for a version with 32 gigabytes of solid-state storage running the Windows RT operating system.
A 64Gb version with the key distinguishing feature of the device - a 3mm metal screen cover that doubles as a magnetically-attachable "touch" keyboard with pressure-sensitive non-moving keys - would cost A$789, it said.
The pricing and release date for a version capable of running what is expected to be the more mainstream Windows 8 operating system - also due to be released next week - has yet to be disclosed, but it is believed to be some months away.
Microsoft has used new technology to create a thin but rigid magnesium-based casing for Surface, which it likened in June to the finish on a "luxury watch".
Analysts have been divided on its consumer-appeal.
- © Fairfax NZ News