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Microsoft Surface Pro will launch in the UK by the end of May

It’s been quite a while now since Microsoft released the Surface Pro in the United States, with nary a sign of a UK release in sight. That’s finally set to change, as the company has revealed that the Windows 8 tablet will be released in the UK and across Europe towards the end of May.

Microsoft took to the official Surface blog to announce the expansion of Surface Pro availability, saying that the x86 tablet will land in the UK before the end of May. A slew of additional countries will also be added to the roster, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. the company also says that the Surface Pro will launch in South Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, and Thailand before the end of June.

Will we see the same shortage problems for the 128GB model that the United States had to suffer through? It’s hard to say. Microsoft has admitted that its struggled to keep up with demand for that storage capacity, but says that availability has stabilized recently. Of course, there’s always the cheaper 64GB model to be had as well, and the full size USB port means that storage isn’t as much of an issue as it is on other tablets.

There’s no word on what the Surface Pro will cost when it does land in the UK, but the 64GB and 128GB models retail for $899 and $999 respectively in the United States. The exchange rate puts that between £588 and £654, but with VAT you can expect a price closer to £700 or £800. For comparison, Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC Pro currently runs around £999 with specs that aren’t too far removed from the Surface Pro.

[spotted at TechRadar]

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