Microsoft Surface Pro Coming in January; Priced at $899 for 64GB, $999 for 128GB
November 29, 2012 1:53 PM
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Microsoft spills the beans on Surface Pro launch
Microsoft launched its first in-house tablet in late October, the
. 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.
The Official Microsoft Blog
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11/29/2012 7:00:51 PM
Plus a $100+ for a keyboard which means the entry level configuration is basically the same price as a Macbook Air. I bet Apple are quaking in their boots :)
I note that the 'modest' Surface sales that Ballmer announced so far are actually running at half those Microsoft projected and they are cutting their supply chain orders.
I hear that Microsoft's corporate strategy for the next two years is called 'Plan 9 from Outer Space'.
Please, please, please don't sack Steve Ballmer - he is my favourite CEO
11/30/2012 3:06:13 AM
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.
12/1/2012 8:48:08 AM
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.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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