The world’s fastest-growing smartphone market and second only to China to reach the one billion active user mark has recently been treated to a host of high-profile mobile launches. The Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL and 550 all rolled out in India in the past couple of months, and so did the Motorola Moto G Turbo Edition, Apple Watch, OnePlus 2 for everybody, as well as the ultra-low-cost Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime.
Meanwhile, both the iPhone 5s and 6s got important buzz-building discounts, the LeTV Le Max (first-gen) was confirmed for a mid-January regional release, and the impressively affordable Lenovo K4 Note also stepped into in the limelight.
Clearly, our India-residing friends and readers are faced with some difficult tech shopping decisions, especially after the long overdue local dispatch of the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4. Alas, there’s still no word on the Surface Book, though we don’t even want to imagine how much the “ultimate laptop” would cost if it ever saw daylight around those parts.
Consider this – the cheapest Surface Pro 3 configuration is priced at $600 stateside following multiple reductions, and the same exact 2-in-1 model sets you back the equivalent of roughly $1,100 in India, with Intel Haswell Core i3 power, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD in tow.
At the end of the day, the Surface Pro 4 is not only newer, prettier and faster, but it’s also the better deal, fetching Rs 89,990 (close to $1,350) in a Skylake Core i5/4GB RAM/128GB SSD variant. Doubling the internal storage and RAM will require an additional 30,000 rupees ($450), whereas a Core i7/8GB/256GB flavor shall cost you a grand total of Rs 145,000 ($2,175).
Finally, the Surface Pen is priced at around $90, and blue and black Type Covers are $190 or so apiece.