Rude to Britannia? Surface Book may not arrive on British shores until spring 2016

Microsoft Surface Book
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There are a lot of advantages to being a native of the United Kingdom, but getting ahold of the latest technology isn’t one of them. As well as having to often pay a 20 percent premium on just about every new good that arrives on our shores, it looks like we won’t even get a chance to buy the Surface Book at all until next year.

This information comes from Piptell founder and ex-Neowin writer, Michael Gillett, who said he heard at the FutureDecoded event currently ongoing in the UK, that indeed, Brits wouldn’t get their hand on the popular convertible laptop until the end of Q1 2016.

Although not exactly official confirmation, there has been a distinct lack of information coming from Microsoft about more international availability of the Surface Book. The product has also suffered with stock issues in certain configurations when it comes to U.S. sales, so it may be that the software giant substantially underestimated the popularity of the device.

Related: Microsoft Surface Book review

As if to rub salt in the wound, Gillett later added to the previous Surface Book-based news with another tweet, one that suggested that there are other aspects of the UK launch that are problematic:

As Microsoft and others continue to denounce age-old password security and champion new methods like biometric scanning and technologies like Windows Hello, fingerprint scanning has become a much more popular method of unlocking your hardware. It seems a shame that British users may need to pay an import tax and extra shipping to get their hands on this  with the Surface Book.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom at the event though. Gillett also let the world know that we can expect the Lumia 950 and XL pre-orders to go live next week on the Microsoft store. But even more exciting than that, a Lumia -powered VR experience came complete with developers wafting scents under his nose mid-experience to further enhance immersion.

Olfactory VR equipment? Sign us up.