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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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Flop within 18 months
By SunAngel on 11/29/2012 3:08:58 PM , Rating: -1

1) Price
2) Keyboard
3) 1080p on 10"
3a) metro font size
3b) lots of scrolling
4) Windows 8
4a) high learning curve
4b) lack of good free apps
5) Poor ergonomics (ie. kick stand)
6) Not apart of Apple ecosystem
7) Etc. etc. etc.

RE: Flop within 18 months
By thefrozentin on 11/29/2012 3:14:08 PM , Rating: 2
You are falling 'apart'!

RE: Flop within 18 months
By FITCamaro on 11/29/2012 3:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
So 1080p on a 10" screen is bad but 2048x1536 on a 10" screen is fabulous? Right...

And the kickstand is a bad idea? To whom? You. Nevermind its actually a great feature for when wanting to watch a video or actually use it.

Not a completely biased opinion at all here...

RE: Flop within 18 months
By retrospooty on 11/29/2012 5:09:46 PM , Rating: 5
I dont know if he is trolling, or smoking some good crack. Most of his list is rediculous.

1) Price - This is a good price for all you can do with it.
2) Keyboard - This is a good thing.
3) 1080p on 10" - This is a good thing.
3a) metro font size - meh, who cares.
3b) lots of scrolling - I dont even know what that means. 1080p is pretty roomy for a 10 incher.
4) Windows 8 - It's actually quite nice for a touchscreen device.
4a) high learning curve - For a trained Ape maybe. The rest of us can point and launch fairly well without taking a class.
4b) lack of good free apps - Abundance of good x86 apps
5) Poor ergonomics (ie. kick stand) - This is a good thing. I love the kickstand.
6) Not apart of Apple ecosystem - Its x86, so FAR superior. This is a good thing.
7) Etc. etc. etc. - no, no , and no.

RE: Flop within 18 months
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/29/2012 6:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
6) Not apart of Apple ecosystem
This is your answer...Troll.

RE: Flop within 18 months
By bupkus on 11/29/2012 8:42:47 PM , Rating: 3
6) Not made by Apple

There... what you really mean. If it had you'd be so "OMG! it's so magical".

RE: Flop within 18 months
By flyingpants1 on 11/30/2012 8:59:00 PM , Rating: 1
1) Price - agree
2) Keyboard - agree
3) 1080p on 10" - disagree , there's nothing inhernetly wrong with 1080p on 10", many tablets have it. High DPI is generally a good thing.
3a) metro font size - agree
3b) lots of scrolling - not sure what you mean
4) Windows 8 - agree
4a) high learning curve - disagree , the learning curve is small because it's Windows x86. Windows 8 sucks though.
4b) lack of good free apps - agree
5) Poor ergonomics (ie. kick stand) - agree
6) Not apart of Apple ecosystem - disagree , obvious trolling.

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