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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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Few concerns
By Netscorer on 11/30/2012 10:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
I currently use Lenovo Yoga and at 13'' screen and 1600x900 resolution it is already a borderline usable in a regular desktop applications. While 1080p on 10'' screen would be marvelous for tablet side of Windows 8, even with scaling, this may suck hard when you try to open and actually use any legacy application.

Second concern is Intel Ivy Bridge processor in such small enclosure. Even ULV needs cooling and this means fans and air output grills. Still, given such a compact nature of Surface, I can only wonder how it will behave when under load. Any moderate game can push this CPU to its limits and with no heat escape path this may turn ugly.

Third, battery life. Intel core i5, 1080p screen, x86 architecture and no place to put the battery. If this Surface ends up having sub 4 hour life on battery, it will not fare nice for ultramobile folks. If Microsoft can pull out 6 hours or more on this baby, it will fly off the shelves.

RE: Few concerns
By edge929 on 11/30/2012 12:47:01 PM , Rating: 2
Acer has shown their version of Surface Pro (W700) at shows and there is a fan with intake/exhaust ports.

"Well, there may be a reason why they call them 'Mac' trucks! Windows machines will not be trucks." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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