Microsoft's latest lineup of Surface devices including the 2-in-1 Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 are now available in India through authorised retail partners and online sellers such as Amazon.in, Reliance Digital, Croma, and Vijay Sales, the company announced on Tuesday.
The Surface Laptop 5 with a 13.5-inch display will be available in India for the consumer segment at a starting price of ₹107,999 while the 15-inch display variant will start at ₹139,999. The Surface Pro 9 will start at ₹105,999. Their enterprise variants for business customers will be available at a slightly higher price difference of ₹500 to ₹4,000.
The new lineup of Surface devices was announced last month. Microsoft had also announced a 5G variant of Surface Pro 9 with a Qualcomm processor and the new Surface Studio 2+ all-in-one PC. These two devices are not on the list of new Surface devices that will be available in India.
“We are pleased to bring the new Surface devices to India, expanding our portfolio for Windows 11,” said Irina Ghose, chief operating officer, of Microsoft India.
Though India is a price-conscious market, demand for PCs in the premium consumer segment remained robust even when the overall PC market has seen a decline. To be sure, demand for premium notebooks (above $1,000) in the consumer segment grew by 9.8% year-on-year (YoY) in the September quarter of 2023, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) data.
That said, demand for premium notebooks in the commercial segment fell by 28.5% YoY. Notebooks accounted for 70% of the PC shipments in India, as per IDC.
According to Statcounter data, Windows OS accounts for 79.37% of the PC market in India as of October.
In terms of specifications, Surface Laptop 5 runs on Intel’s Core i5 12th gen processor with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM in entry-level variants. The top variants run on Intel Core i7 12th gen processor with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. The base variant of the Surface Pro 9 devices also runs on Intel’s Core i5 12th gen processor and 8GB RAM but with 128GB SSD. Its top variant runs on a Core i7 12th gen processor with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD and is priced at ₹269,999.