The Microsoft Surface RT tablet is to go on sale in John Lewis this weekend, making the chain the first UK high street outlet to sell the new device.
The first phase of the expanded roll-out of the 10.6-inch Microsoft Surface tablet, Microsoft earlier this week confirmed it was to push the Windows 8 device away from its direct from manufacturer purchase limitations and make the iPad rival available from third party retailers around the world.
John Lewis will sell the tablet with a two-year warranty included for no extra cost, as it does with other tablets. As of today Friday December 14 the Microsoft Surface tablet is listed as a new arrival on the store’s website (though still out of stock at the time of writing). It should be arriving on shelves in its shops this weekend. The 32GB Surface is selling for £479, while the 64GB version is £559. Both come with a black Touch Keyboard cover.
John Lewis has reportedly been seeing a heavy demand for Windows 8 computers in general, especially touchscreen-equipped ones, which the Surface tablet obviously taps into as well.
Last week the John Lewis Partnership reported that “sales of tablets, headphones, DAB radios and audio streaming continue to see major uplifts” in the run up to Christmas.
Given that the tablet had to be ordered online from Microsoft in the UK until now, this will be the first chance for Britons to get a hands-on experience with the device.