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No, Best Buy isn't selling a Surface Pro 6 with Core m3, but it's still a good deal

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Surface Pro 6 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

Since the launch of the Surface Pro 6 last month, Best Buy has been causing a bit of confusion over the processors available with Microsoft's latest tablet. Despite the tablet only launching with Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors as options, Best Buy was curiously listing a Core m3-powered Surface Pro 6. Upon further inspection, it was clear that the listing was actually for the 2017 Surface Pro with a Core m3 processor, but the retailer kept advertising it as a Surface Pro 6 for nearly a month.

Things got slightly more concerning, however, when Best Buy listed the device as one of its Black Friday Ad deals for $600 with a bundled keyboard. This caused at least one Reddit user to mistakenly think they were getting a newer tablet for less than the 2017 Surface Pro would have cost, even without a keyboard.

Finally, Best Buy has updated its product page to correct the error, simply listing it as a "Surface Pro," sans the 6. But that change didn't occur until after Best Buy's Customer Care team responded to a reviewer, claiming this was a special edition Surface Pro 6 only available at Best Buy. From the response:

To clear up any confusion, this is a limited edition Surface Pro which is only available at Best Buy. It has the same design and operating system (Windows 10 Home) as the Surface Pro 6, but this product has different specs which are correctly listed on our website. In addition, the keyboard included is the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, which is made of Alcantara leather.

Best Buy SP6 Snafu

To put this to rest, it's worth reiterating: there is no Intel Core m3 variant of the Surface Pro 6. At least as of this writing, the tablet is only available with Core i5 and i7 processors. Any m3 Surface Pro you see for sale is likely last year's Surface Pro (2017), if not an older model.

That said, the Black Friday deal Best Buy is offering up isn't a bad score if you don't mind the dip in power from Intel's Core i-series processors. For $600, the bundle includes a Platinum Type Cover, shaving $360 off the usual price tag. If you need something more powerful, however, you're likely better off opting for a higher specced Surface Pro or Surface Pro 6.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

14 Comments
  • Best Buy advertisements all over this story. The web is hilarious.
  • No such thing as bad press
  • I had to read it twice, but they don't say in their response that it's a special edition of the Surface Pro *6*. They only say Surface Pro, which is technically correct
  • You misunderstood. For the last month they've been calling it "Surface Pro 6". That's what the listing called it. What you see now IS the corrected version (which is still deceptive - should be "Surface Pro (5th gen)" and they should not be using Surface Pro 6 wallpaper.
  • Fair enough. Buyer be warned, unfortunately
  • They are using the SP6 wallpaper...shady indeed. Just get the 8/128 with type cover and pen from Costco now. Pay $999. Go back in in a week and get it adjusted to $799. Yes, they will do this match.
  • This is the same bundle that was being sold at Best Buy for 699 all year. Yes, the entire year it was on sale for 699 bucks and you keep saying it's over 300 bucks off. It's 100 bucks cheaper than it's been since January.
  • You peeps in the US seriously need some proper consumer protection laws. This is categorically false advertising, without such consumer protections things are going to get a whole lot worse.
  • It's a shame the US doesn't have the same laws as the UK. Advertising/paid promotion hidden as an article has to be clearly stated as such here.
  • Paid promotion does need to be disclosed. Same on Twitter and YouTube.
  • @Brian2014 I highly doubt this is article is a paid promotion lol.
  • It's not my fault customers are easily deceived.
  • No one calling out the "Alcantara leather"? Not leather. Not even pleather. It's a completely synthetic fabric.
  • Well, what do you expect?
    The US has little non existent laws when it comes to advertising and consumer protections. With no repercussions companies get away with misleading adverts.