Microsoft announced today that its 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 will roll out in 10 additional markets starting today and continuing next month, with more to come later this summer. These are the company’s most powerful Surface models, with Intel Core i7 processors and 16GB of RAM.
Starting today, customers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can buy the Surface devices online through the Microsoft Store and authorized partner retailers. Germany and Japan will be added to the list next month.
The 1TB Surface Pro 4 will be available in Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands later this summer.
Previously only customers in the U.S. and Canada had access to Microsoft’s high-powered Surface models, which were released in January.
Though cloud storage gives every device more room, these 1TB options will help users who need constant and instant access to their work, Dan Laycock, senior communications manager for Surface, wrote in the announcement.
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. We hear from engineers, designers and researchers who render large files and work with huge amounts of data who appreciate the ability to access what they need whether they’re connected to a network or not, without being tied to a desk or office. Finally, 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.
Prices for the Surface Book notebook with removable screen start at $1,499, and the 1TB model goes for $3,199. The Surface Pro 4 tablet starts at $899 and tops out at $2,699 for the 1TB model.
Expanding the reach of its 1TB Surface is an example of Microsoft doubling down on its high end products. ZDNet reported that Microsoft will stop producing its lower-cost Surface 3, which starts at $499, in December. It is unclear when or if Microsoft plans to release a successor to Surface 3.