In the final days of October, at Microsoft’s most-anticipated Surface Event, Panos Panay revealed the Surface Studio – but that wasn’t it; Microsoft unveiled a slight upgrade for the Surface Book as well, albeit with a few problems.
The Surface Book with Performance Base comes with an upgraded NVidia GTX 965M and offers up to 30 percent longer battery life thanks to a bigger battery within the keyboard base. Since the Performance Base has larger batteries, it’s also slightly thicker than the original bases – you can read more about the Performance Base in our original coverage, where we talk about how it is only a ‘side-grade’ and how Microsoft missed an opportunity with it.
The other problem – a more serious one, perhaps – was that it was only available in the United States and Canada. The two countries are Microsoft’s favorites – every new Microsoft product is released first in the two countries, but Microsoft brings their products to other regions soon enough.
The Surface Book with Performance Book is now going through that; today, Microsoft announced that the Surface Book with Performance Base is now available in Australia and New Zealand, with regional pricing.
For Australia, it starts at AU$ 3,799, and for New Zealand, it starts at NZ$ 4,399.
Microsoft isn’t stopping with the two countries; Microsoft plans on bringing the Surface Book with Performance Base to eight new markets sometime early next quarter. Here’s the list:
- United Kingdom
- Hong Kong
As mentioned – the Surface Book with Performance Base costs AU$ 3,799 in Australia and NZ$ 4,399 in New Zealand.
Microsoft Store mentions that the Australian price is inclusive of the GST – here’s the link for Australian Microsoft Store.
Here’s the link for Microsoft Store New Zealand.