While the Surface Pro has taken up the spotlight as far as tablet from Redmond are concerned, Microsoft is slowly adding more markets where buyers can get their hands on the Surface RT.
Earlier today the company’s first ever tablet went on sale in New Zealand. Japan wasn’t far behind, and the Surface RT also made its entry in this important market. Along with these two countries, Microsoft has announced that more countries are set to receive the tablets soon in the coming weeks.
Kiwi buyers who wish to buy the Surface RT can find the slate at two different stores — Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, both large retailers. The device is not available at Microsoft’s official New Zealand Surface website, it seems, at least for now.
Japan is also another country where the Surface RT made its debut earlier today. Both 32GB and 64GB variants of the tablet are available to Japanese buyers, with pricing reportedly starting at US $600.
Interestingly, Microsoft is said to use the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: Arise anime to promote the device in the country, in order to make a bit of a splash with Japanese buyers and let them know that the Surface RT has landed in their country.
This is essentially another important phase of the Surface RT retail rollout, after the tablet launched in North America and Europe.
Microsoft announced in February that it will be expanding International retail availability of the Surface tablets, starting with the RT version in the coming months. Mexico, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan were some of the markets named by the company.
Surface Pro is also ready to get a taste of new markets very soon. Some more countries where the Surface RT is set to go on sale in the months to come include important markets like China, France, Germany, New Zealand and the UK.