The price cut is not only timed for the busy back-to-school shopping season, but also could mean Microsoft is trying to move inventory in anticipation of new Surface models. These rumored new Surface Pro tablets could use Intel’s latest Haswell processors to provide faster performance and improved battery life.
By later this fall, Haswell chips will be found in a number of devices, including a variety of Windows 8 tablets. To keep pace, it’s likely that Microsoft will refresh the Surface Pro sooner rather than later. In the meantime, it remains to be seen if the Surface Pro’s new price will drive sales.