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Microsoft Surface Pro landing in UK 23 May

Suitors of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet now have only a week to wait for its availability, after the Redmond giant confirmed its UK release for 23 May, along with pricing details.

The 64GB version of the slate will cost £719 while a 128GB storage model will set you back £799. The price structure certainly reiterates the Surface Pro’s billing as a high-end business tablet, with its fully fledged Windows 8 Pro OS representing the key upgrade on the lower-cost Surface slate running Windows RT.

The Surface Pro sports a large 10.6in screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, and is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. The tablet measures up as 275 x 13 x 175mm (WxDxH), weighs just under a kilo at 900g, and can be clicked onto to Microsoft’s Surface-specific keyboards.

In our Surface Pro review, we concluded that “If you need a very portable tablet that has full Windows 8 compatibility, powerful components, and a 1080p touchscreen, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro is your tablet.”

And despite its hefty price tag, it was described as the “Windows 8 tablet to beat when you need the performance and convenience of a real PC in a compact tablet form factor. It's the one to get if you need corporate or academic campus portability.”

Microsoft will be hoping consumers agree, having failed to make significant inroads in the tablet market in its Surface project so far. Figures from IDC showed the Surface RT accounted for just 1.8 per cent of the first quarter tablet shipments this year, as Android slates and the iPad line continue to dominate the sector.