The model in question uses a 128GB SSD and Intel Core m3 CPU and costs $799. If you buy one with the same specs and then pen, Microsoft charges $899. Since the pen costs $60 on its own, you're better off buying the pen separately and saving $40 (that is, assuming you want the Core m3 model. No other version has those specs).
An older model, the Surface 3 had been sold without the pen, so its not entirely unprecedented. The Surface Pen, however, is often considered an integral part of the product.
Best Buy, too, is selling a version (opens in new tab) without the pen that includes a Type Cover keyboard. It's currently on sale for $700 (an amazing deal considering the Type Cover sells for $130 on its own) but usually runs for $1,000.
But if you want any version of the Surface with more power than a Core m3, you'll still be buying with the pen. Though perhaps if this penless offer is popular, Microsoft will extend it to its Core i offerings.
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