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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: Hmm
By FITCamaro on 11/29/2012 3:13:13 PM , Rating: 2
How is it not a decent laptop? Maybe not decent for gaming, but neither are most laptops.

With the hardware it has, it will be great for a work laptop connected to an external display with external keyboard and mouse.

I'd love to see a version of the Surface connected to an AMD APU with greater graphics performance to actually make it decent at mid range 720p gaming.

RE: Hmm
By InsGadget on 11/29/2012 5:08:23 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe not decent for gaming

Actually it should be pretty decent for gaming, Intel's HD4000 onboard graphics are much better than the HD3000. Not superb, but decent enough.

RE: Hmm
By dubldwn on 11/29/2012 7:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
Need another doubling. Haswell GT3. Then we can play pretty much anything (albeit on low).

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