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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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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.

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

RE: Nice!
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.

RE: Nice!
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.

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

RE: Nice!
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.

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

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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