By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 24, 2013 06:59 AM EDT
Microsoft has recently launched its Surface Pro 2 tablet and now it slashed $100 off the price of the original Surface Pro.
The first-generation Surface Pro tablet has largely disappeared from the wider Surface product line, but the Microsoft Store still has some inventory it apparently wants to get rid of.
With Microsoft's new deal, the 64GB Surface Pro now costs $699, while the 128GB model goes up to $499. The 256GB model of the slate seems harder to find, as the Microsoft Store only lists the 64GB and 128GB flavors.
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 2 clearly sports some notable improvements over its predecessor, but the original Surface Pro still has a lot to offer. While the company's Surface RT failed to attract many buyers due to the fact that it ran the watered-down Windows RT, the Surface Pro runs the full-fledged version of Windows and has a greater appeal.
Nevertheless, Microsoft cut the price of both of its tablets several times and the new deal marks a price drop across the board. Just back in August Microsoft had slashed $100 off the Surface Pro's price tag and the company is now applying yet another $100 discount. The deal, however, is only available for interested buyers in the U.S. and Canada.
The Surface Pro price cuts follow discounts to the Microsoft Surface RT, which dropped to $349 for the 32GB model and to $499 for the 64GB version back in July. The 64GB model now sports the same $399 price tag after another price cut. Microsoft has now dropped the "RT" part with the new generation, but just in the name. The new iteration still runs Windows RT, albeit version 8.1, but it's called simply the Surface 2.
Microsoft announced the second-generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 back in September. At the time, the company said it would continue selling the Surface RT, but not the original Surface Pro. In the end, the first-generation Surface Pro is still available from the Microsoft Store. The new $100 discount may be part of an effort to get rid of existing inventory so it can stop selling this model.
It remains to be seen whether the new price cut can help Microsoft sell all existing Surface Pro inventory, but this is likely the lowest price the tablet will ever sell for.
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