Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop is cheaper and slower at $799

Microsoft has launched a new version of its Surface Laptop
today, bringing the base unit price down to $799. The software
giant quietly unveiled the cheaper Surface Laptop over at the Microsoft
Store
, and the new $799 variant ships with Intel’s Core m3
processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. That makes the new
base model slower and cheaper than the previous version at $999
that shipped with a Core i5 processor and the same low amount
of RAM.


Windows Central
points out that the cheaper
Surface Laptop model now competes directly with Microsoft’s
base Surface Pro model, which also includes Intel’s Core m3
processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Microsoft still
sells the essential Surface Type Cover separately, so you do
need to factor in an additional $129.99 to get a comparable
device.

A quiet launch for a cheaper Surface Laptop

Microsoft hasn’t revealed exactly why it’s introducing a
cheaper model, but the launch comes just days after the
software maker revealed its
Surface revenue had only increased 1 percent
year-over-year
in the crucial holiday quarter. Microsoft launched its Surface
Laptop, and refreshed its Surface Pro earlier in 2017, but both
devices haven’t done a lot to help increase revenue over the
popular holiday shopping quarter.

Pricing appears to be an important factor that could be holding
back Microsoft’s Surface devices, particularly outside the US
where pricing has been
gradually increasing
. A cheaper Surface Laptop at the entry
price could certainly help with sales numbers and those all
important revenue figures.

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