Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4: Australian price and release date

Microsoft has added two new models to its popular Surface line of hybrid notebook/tablets, including the first to come with a built-in keyboard.

The Surface Book, which is essentially a touch-screen laptop, will be priced at $2,299 in Australia. Its 13.5in screen is the largest ever seen on a Surface model, and it claims a battery life of up to 12 hours. It continues a trend of tablet-like devices sporting larger screens which we've also seen with the forthcoming iPad Pro.

The Surface Pro 4 will cost $1,349. Like its predecessors, it doesn't ship with a keyboard, but you can purchase one to attach to it. It's slightly lighter than its predecessor, despite having a bigger screen (12.3in rather than 12in).

If you're after a less powerful device, the basic $699 Surface also remains available.

Microsoft says orders placed through its online store will ship by 12 November. It will also be on sale at Microsoft's Sydney-based retail store which opens that day. Microsoft will also have the Surface Pro 4 available directly through Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi stores on 12 November.

Purchase Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for $899

Purchase Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for $899 from Microsoft Store

With its 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen, Windows 10 operating system and interchangeable Surface Pen tips, the Surface Pro 4 looks to improve upon every aspect that made its predecessor so popular.

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If you're keen on the Surface Book, however, your choices are significantly more limited. Microsoft will initially make the Surface Book available in Australia only through its Sydney retail store from 12 November, or via pre-order from its online store.

Microsoft representatives have stated that the popularity of the device means that they're reluctant to offer it to wider retailers at launch in order to avoid having limited quantities at any given retailer.

Microsoft does expect to have "significant" quantities of Surface Book to sell at the Microsoft retail store when it opens, but declined to quantify precisely what "significant" meant, so if you're particularly keen (and you're already in Sydney) some queuing may be in order.

You can compare specs across the current Surface range in the table below.

ModelSurface BookSurface Pro 4Surface Pro 3Surface 3
Resolution3000 x 20002736 x 18242160 x 14401920 x 1280
Pixels per inch 267ppi267ppi216ppi213ppi
Rear camera8.0MP8.0MP5.0MP8.0MP
Front camera5.0MP5.0MP5.0MP3.5MP
ProcessorIntel Core i5/i7Intel Core M3/i5/i7Intel Core i3/i5/i7Intel Atom
Storage128/256/512GB SSD128/256/512GB SSD64/128/256/512GB64GB/128GB SSD
BatteryUp to 12 hoursUp to 9 hoursUp to 9 hoursUp to 10 hours
SoftwareWindows 10 ProWindows 10 ProWindows 10 ProWindows 10
PriceFrom $2,299From $1,349From $1,149From $699

Angus Kidman

Angus is the editor-in-chief at Finder and our resident frequent flyer and points guru. He's been writing about technology, travel, finance and other topics for 25 years, and appears regularly on TV and radio helping explain how it all works. His previous jobs include editor for Lifehacker Australia and editor-in-chief for Australian Personal Computer, and he's written for dozens of sites including the Sydney Morning Herald, Gizmodo, ZDNet, the Australian, the AFR, Kotaku, The Amstrad User and Cabling Installation & Maintenance.

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