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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 ResStellarum on 11/29/2012 10:46:05 PM , Rating: 2
People with jobs will want it.

Ordinary people with jobs are already forced to use Windows at work, I doubt they'll fork out for something they already dislike. As for businesses buying them for employees, not a chance. 1.1k for a tablet? Yeah that's not going to happen any time soon.

You can take it to the office and run actual enterprise apps on it. Full on MS office, and whatever your company uses for your particular job

You seem very sure about that. A lot of enterprise apps aren't even compatible with Windows 7, let alone Windows 8.

As for MS office and legacy apps, current Windows 7 tablets can do all that, yet no one's buying them. The iPad and Android have office suites available for them too. The days when businesses needed Windows are over. The BYOD craze, and popularity of alternative OS's is killing Microsoft in the enterprise. The consumer market is already lost.

In that sense its a full on laptop, not an incompatible toy like other tablets. Then take it home and its still a great tablet.

Incompatible with what? Windows? Or is Windows incompatible with iOS and Android? All the major apps are being developed on those two platforms now. Even businesses are porting their apps over as well, which is unprecedented.

If you want to talk incompatibility, look no further than Windows RT/Metro/Startscreen. No legacy Windows apps run in that environment. They either have to drop back into the desktop which is horrible for touch, or don't run at all in the case of WOA. That's the very definition of a toy. Compared with Android and iOS which both have over half a million apps in their respective stores, and each of which is optimised for touch.

Then there's the weight and battery life of the Surface Pro. It's going to be heavy and no where near as efficient as ARM. Just make sure you bring your charger everywhere with you lol.

RE: Hmm
By darkhawk1980 on 11/30/2012 1:08:08 AM , Rating: 3
Honestly, you just may not have a job that necessitates a device such as this or that.

I'm a design engineer, taking quite a bit of notes about the products I work on. I have a Samsung Series 7 Slate with Windows 7 installed on it. ANYTHING I needed to run on a desktop can run on this tablet just as well as the desktop. It works great, and the funny part is the sales guys and others that had IPad's and all felt cool walking around with them, see my tablet and thought it was an ipad at first...then see it's running Windows and that I can do anything a desktop PC does....suddenly there's more that would rather have it. It makes sense, especially if you are a very mobile person that moves around a lot. A laptop is nice, a tablet works better. In meeting's it's great because I can look everything up and it's not nearly as distracting as having a huge laptop.
As far as charging? Guess what, 8 hours isn't a problem with the tablet. Normally I get 10 hours out of the tablet without charging, depending on how heavy duty the applications I'm running are.
There aren't 'incompatiblities' with applications on these tablets (that are runing full x86 CPU's). The incompatibilities are from people like yourself, that have no idea regarding them, have not attempted to use them or even understand them. If you can run it on your desktop, these tablets CAN and WILL run them.
If people open their minds and try it, they realize how nice it is in the end. I can't wait for the Surface Pro. I wish I could convince my company to get one for me to replace my Samsung Series 7 slate. It'd be nice.

RE: Hmm
By retrospooty on 12/1/2012 7:02:44 PM , Rating: 1
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

"It's okay. The scenarios aren't that clear. But it's good looking. [Steve Jobs] does good design, and [the iPad] is absolutely a good example of that." -- Bill Gates on the Apple iPad
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