If you have ever watched a Microsoft Surface event and lamented the fact that you could not get the hardware in South Africa, you won’t have to wait that much longer. This as Microsoft South Africa held a quick press briefing earlier today to detail two new products headed for our shores – the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.
Both devices were unveiled by Microsoft in October of last year, and they mark the first time the Surface-branded hardware has officially been made available in the country.
Both devices will be available to purchase later this month on 29th July, with Incredible Connection and Vodacom being the first two retailers highlighted by Microsoft SA.
This follows from the announcement that the company would indeed be bringing the devices into South Africa, but these are not the newer options as we had originally thought.
This makes sense though, as Microsoft likely does not want to flood the market with product without having a better idea of how consumers will react. There are also a number of Windows OEMs in SA, so it remains to be seen how they will react to the new devices too.
As for how much they will cost, the Surface Pro 7 starts at R17 999 and the Surface Laptop 3 at R22 999.
The former will come in a 12.3″ convertible tablet design, along with up to 10th Gen Intel Core processor options. Added to this is up to 16GB RAM and up to 10.5 hours of battery life. Whether it will tempt designers as the iPad Pro has, remains to be seen, but now Microsoft has an official competing product in the market.
Shifting to the Surface Laptop 3, it will come in both 13.5″ and 15″ display options, with Microsoft claiming that it delivers more power, faster charging and sports a 20 percent larger trackpad. Intel are taking care of the graphics on the smaller variant and AMD covering the larger one, along with 10th Gen Intel Core and up to 16GB RAM configurations too.
With more South Africans working from home at the moment, and quickly realising whether their notebooks and tablets are up to the task, it should be interesting to see if they opt for a Microsoft Surface device moving forward.
Speaking of which, although Microsoft did not confirm other Surface products, such as the Studio, it did say that it would take the decision to bring new hardware into the country on a device-by-device basis.
As such there is some hope for Windows 10X devices in future.