Armed with a more powerful processor and a late introduction of the USB-C, Microsoft’s 2-in-1 flagship detachable laptop Surface Pro 7 is finally being offered in select authorized commercial resellers in the Philippines, along with the traditional clamshell Surface Laptop 3.
Unfortunately, these laptops are priced significantly higher than their actual cost in the US. For example, the Surface Pro 7 for Business with an i5 10th-generation processor and 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage is priced around P40,998 overseas, but it sells for P72,990 locally (exclusive of VAT).
The Surface Pro 7 for Business has been around for quite some time now since its release in October last year. That is why the device has been due for price drops many times this year, most recently with the Black Friday sale.
The detachable borrows a large amount of design cues from its predecessor. The thick tablet can transform into a laptop with its rear kickstand, and features a USB-C and USB-A port, a 12” display with 2736 x 1824 screen resolution, 256GB SSD storage, 8GB of RAM, and around eight hours of battery life.
“Created for the modern worker in mind, the new line-up of Surface devices offers unparalleled versatility, greater performance and multi-tasking capabilities that empower you to work from anywhere, anytime. We are pleased to share that the new Surface for Business devices are available in the Philippines,” said Microsoft Philippines managing director Andres Ortola.
The 13.5” aluminum clamshell features a similar 10th-generation Intel processor with 8GB of RAM. Even though it ditched its predecessors’ Mini DisplayPort with USB Type-C, the Laptop 3 still does not support Thunderbolt 3 speeds.
Surface for Business customers will receive a complimentary warranty service called Advanced Exchange that delivers expedited device replacement at no cost. The Microsoft Surface official commercial resellers include Phil-Data Business Systems, Nexus Technologies, Accent Micro Technologies Inc., Advance Solutions Inc., and ePLDT.