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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11/30/2012 12:10:05 PM
The price is just right and I WILL be buying one. $999 is 200-400 chape than what everyone thought it was going to be. 100% being purchased and my ipad2 will be handed down to my little sister, she can play angry birds all she likes.
RE: Great price
11/30/2012 9:00:11 PM
$999 is 2x the price of an Asus i3 Ultrabook with a real hinge and keyboard.
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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