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Microsoft spills the beans on Surface Pro launch

Microsoft launched its first in-house tablet in late October, the Surface RT. Priced at $499 for a 32GB model, initial sales have been on the tepid side. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is confident that the device will catch on in the face of strong competition from iOS and Android tablets.
While Surface RT is based on low-power ARM architecture, Microsoft is bringing out the big guns in 2013. Microsoft announced today that Surface Pro, which comes packin' Windows 8 Professional, will launch in January. Unlike Surface RT, Surface Pro will be compatible with the vast library of legacy Windows applications thanks to its Intel Core i5 x86 processor.

Other niceties include a 10.6" ClearType display (1920x1080) and a full-size USB 3.0 port. The Surface Pro also includes a Mini DisplayPort that supports external resolutions of up to 2560x1440.

Since the Surface Pro is packing some serious firepower under the screen, it's a bit thicker and heavier than its Surface RT counterpart. The Surface RT is 0.37" thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, while the Surface Pro is 0.57" thick and weighs 1.99 pounds.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the Surface Pro won't be a cheap proposition. The 64GB Surface Pro rings in at $899 while the 128GB model will set you back $999.

Source: The Official Microsoft Blog

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By retrospooty on 11/29/2012 2:38:12 PM , Rating: 5
1920x1080 10 inch screen, video output, 128gb SSD, Ivy Bridge CPU, all for $999.

The ability to take it to work and run enterprise apps and the real MS office... Priceless.

RE: Nice!
By Brandon Hill on 11/29/2012 2:41:44 PM , Rating: 5
The look on Tony Swash's face: Priceless.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 11/29/2012 2:55:49 PM , Rating: 3

But he would probably just post how Apple makes more profit than MS so what the consumer gets for their dollar is irrelevant.

Back in the real world, this thing gives us consumers a great deal of power for a good price. I am trying to figure out how I can justify this as a work purchase so my boss will approve it. =)

RE: Nice!
By StevoLincolnite on 11/29/2012 9:26:34 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say a "Good price" because there is no such thing as "Priced to low". :P

With that said, I can't wait to jump on board with the Surface Pro, just a shame I still have to wait about 2 months to get one!

RE: Nice!
By slunkius on 11/30/2012 1:20:57 AM , Rating: 2
1000$ for a 10 inch 64gb device? sounds like a lot. also would be interesting to know battery life considering it has core5 processor. looks like expensive netbook with tablet features to me.

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By Visual on 11/30/2012 4:48:54 AM , Rating: 2
Netbook, with i5, really?

Expensive? Lack of competition in this segment has been terrible for pricing until now. Last gen convertibles were in the $2000+ range.
Even the Samsing ATIV Pro which is supposed to be at a relatively competitive $1100 price is actually available for $1600 or $2000 or such insace prices right now, maybe because of the low supply.
This thing is a huge improvement in pricing.

But it is going to be late to the party. I just don't get why MS are delaying it so much. I've been waiting for something like this for years now, and I'm not gonna be waiting a minute longer if ATIV Pro becomes available at $1200 where I live. Lighter than surface, with real keyboard dock as opposed to a funny flap... sorry MS, you screwed up.

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By Pirks on 11/30/2012 5:39:57 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry Visual, you screwed up, not MS. When you fix your eyes and see that not only the Touch Cover exists but the Type Cover is there as well, you'll laugh at your moronic "flap" remark just like I do :)

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By Visual on 11/30/2012 6:30:17 AM , Rating: 2
Way to miss the obvious. Those covers are exactly what I refer to. Unlike a real keyboard dock, they can not hold the laptop at your chosen angle, so are exactly useless flaps for me.

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By paydirt on 11/30/2012 9:18:26 AM , Rating: 2
Guessing: Microsoft is holding back on releasing this so they can use a lower power Intel CPU which should be coming out in June. I am unclear as to whether this will be the CPU that uses 20x power at idle, I think that one is coming 2014.

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By Pirks on 12/1/2012 1:17:20 AM , Rating: 2
they can not hold the laptop
Kickstand can but you're too illiterate to care eh? ;)

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By Visual on 12/3/2012 5:36:39 AM , Rating: 3
Nope, you're still not getting it. Kickstand on your lap or on an uneven surface like in your bed, etc? No, it is not like a real dock.

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By Cheesew1z69 on 11/30/2012 8:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
999 for a 10in 128gb device....

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By EnzoFX on 11/29/12, Rating: -1
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By anactoraaron on 11/30/2012 12:53:41 AM , Rating: 4
You're right. Apple doesn't make a 'productivity' tablet device. So there's no comparison.

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By steven975 on 11/30/2012 8:26:29 AM , Rating: 3
Right, it's $200 more than the iPad and offers about 5-7x more performance and productivity.

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By Tony Swash on 11/29/12, Rating: -1
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By Pirks on 11/30/2012 3:06:13 AM , Rating: 3
Guys, enjoy this picture that proves how much our old Apple loving Tony is removed from reality:

Nice eh? I was stunned when I looked at it.

Ballmer FTW!!!

RE: Nice!
By xti on 12/1/2012 8:48:08 AM , Rating: 2
yes, but everyone loves PC programs, games, etc. MacOS has such a limited library outside of the typical apple store stuff.

this is the full versions of office, MMOs, photoshops of the world, etc in a tablet and you dont have a 7 lb heater on your lap. And you dont have to rebuy programs cuz you already have them.

I would pay $2k depending on how strong of video it comes with.

you cant compare RT to PRO. unless you want to compare iPad mini to full size one straight up number for number.

RE: Nice!
By geddarkstorm on 11/29/2012 2:50:54 PM , Rating: 3
This is the tablet we've been waiting for.

Question is, how well will it do at this price point against ultraportables? Can't wait to see how this plays out.

RE: Nice!
By retrospooty on 11/29/2012 3:09:45 PM , Rating: 2
I see this winning, or at least driving ultraportables prices down. It has full x86 app compatibility. Plug in the keyboard and its a 2lbs ultrabook, take off the keyboard and its a slightly fat tablet, but it will still run all your apps. That and with the touchscreen, Win8 doesn't suck.

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By retrofullofdooky on 11/29/12, Rating: -1
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By FITCamaro on 11/29/2012 3:21:06 PM , Rating: 3
I see the trolls mimicking people's names are back.

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By Cheesew1z69 on 11/29/2012 3:47:43 PM , Rating: 1
It has to be Pirks, it has his style written all over. The DT staff needs to grow some balls and start banning this crap.

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By retrospooty on 11/29/2012 4:07:02 PM , Rating: 1
It does have his style... The style being that of a 13 year old child. Then again, Pirks has absolutely no problem acting like an immature ape as himself, so why make new ID's LOL.

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By Cheesew1z69 on 11/29/2012 4:52:24 PM , Rating: 2

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By Pirks on 11/30/2012 3:10:09 AM , Rating: 3
You wish, sad clowney :))) Post some more of your angry BS, I'm so lovin' it!

RE: Nice!
By robinthakur on 11/30/2012 5:55:22 AM , Rating: 2
So I assume you are going to actually put your hand in your pocket and buy it? If you admire it from afar whilst proclaiming that its way better than the iPad like everybody else always does here (judging by the sales), they won't be making any more Surfaces. Sales on the RT version are less than stellar due to the lack of availability currently, but hopefully this does well.

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By geddarkstorm on 11/30/2012 12:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Where did I say anything about the iPad?

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By TakinYourPoints on 11/29/2012 10:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, its a really good price. I wouldn't use this over a 15" laptop (personal preference, 13" is as small as I'd go) or a tablet with real battery life and lighter weight, but this is a good in-between device for people who don't want to have both.

RE: Nice!
By FITCamaro on 11/30/2012 9:03:14 AM , Rating: 2
Don't forget the Micro SDXC card slot to expand storage.

$65 gives you another 64GB of storage. Something the iPad can't boast.

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