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One Microsoft Store expects the tablet Jan 26

The Microsoft Surface RT tablet has been on the market for a few months, and so far hasn't put up big sales numbers. While Surface RT is aimed at consumers and isn’t backwards compatible with the colossal Windows application library, Microsoft will also be launching the Surface Pro tablet which runs the more business-friendly Windows 8 operating system.

There've been plenty of hints dropped by Microsoft on when people interested in the Surface Pro will be able to buy the tablet, but nothing firm. As close as Microsoft has come to a firm launch date has been the month of January. With January here many businesses are wondering when specifically they can get their hands on the tablet.

While a specific launch date remains unannounced, CNET reports that calls to a number of Microsoft Stores have come up with a consensus of January 26. January 26 would be roughly 90 days after the launch of the Surface RT tablet, which would go along with other rumors for the tablet’s launch.

We already know that the Surface Pro tablet will be far from cheap with the 64 GB version selling for $899 and 128 GB version selling for $999. The tablet uses an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, has a 10.6-inch screen with full HD resolution, and has a Mini DisplayPort for an external monitor.

Source: CNET

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take my money
By Bubbacub on 1/4/2013 9:08:04 AM , Rating: 2
they should have launched win 8 with this - it would have flown off the shelves.

only issue is when will it be in stock in the uk and how much of a crazy markup there is on the price

(as an example the lenovo yoga 13 is $999 in the us and £999 ($1623.67) in the uk)

RE: take my money
By Flunk on 1/4/2013 9:51:34 AM , Rating: 2
You have to remember that the US price is without any associated sales tax and the UK price is after 20% VAT. $999 x 1.2 = $1198.80 if the US price had 20% VAT.

RE: take my money
By Flunk on 1/4/2013 9:51:59 AM , Rating: 2
But obviously still a large markup.

RE: take my money
By arazok on 1/4/2013 9:59:02 AM , Rating: 4
Is there anything good about living in the UK? I mean, 20% VAT?! Get out of there!

RE: take my money
By kleinma on 1/4/2013 10:07:29 AM , Rating: 2
Universal health care comes to mind. One trip to the hospital in the US without insurance and you could be paying 20% of your yearly salary to be treated.

RE: take my money
By Da W on 1/4/2013 10:18:56 AM , Rating: 2
Your gonna give your home to be treated!

RE: take my money
By stm1185 on 1/4/2013 5:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
Now that the Affordable Care Act isn't going to be replaced every American will have health insurance even if they don't want it.

I guess in the UK you still don't have to pay the monthly bills, but then I'm pretty sure your other taxes are higher as well.

RE: take my money
By theapparition on 1/7/2013 9:35:20 AM , Rating: 2
Completely wrong. Over-hyped sensationalism.

Show up to any US hospital with a medical problem. They ask for your insurance. Tell them you don't have any. Their response.......OK, here's a form to fill out.

Basically, you get most medical services for free or for pennies on the dollar, providing you don't make a significant salary and could basically afford it.

Now, that subsidized cost is passed onto everyone else by artificially increasing base medical rates to cover charity cases.

RE: take my money
By riha on 1/6/2013 2:35:14 PM , Rating: 2
In Sweden where i live, it is 25% VAT, so 20% is "cheap" in that case.

for those 25% we get health care, 480 days parental leave per child (paid, based on income and can be shared between both parents) and lots of other things, so i don´t complain.
But, sure, you do sometimes get anvy when you see the cheap prices in the states or in other countries.

RE: take my money
By messele on 1/5/2013 2:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget import duty. Everybody always forgets about that in their dollar to pound conversions.

Oh and exchange rate fluctuation has to be built in among other things.

RE: take my money
By 91TTZ on 1/4/2013 11:39:41 AM , Rating: 2
If Microsoft really believed that it would have flown off the shelves, they WOULD have launched with this.

RE: take my money
By Roffles on 1/4/2013 8:46:06 PM , Rating: 2
So true -- Microsoft used WinRT (which is essentially a heavily compromised version of Win8) running on some rather lackluster ARM hardware to showcase its new UI. Whoever planned that move needs to be canned. And why in the world would they not allow you to natively switch the new user interface off if you don't have a touch screen? MS definitely flubbed this one. It may take a service pack 1 that fixes the lack of cohesiveness and allows a UI switch to get this operating system ready for mass appeal.

I'm still prepared to buy the Surface Pro though.

RE: take my money
By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 2:43:57 AM , Rating: 2
People aren't racing to buy Windows 8. It is being adopted slower than Windows Vista, and that's when Win8 is almost being given away.

I ran various Windows 8 versions on another machine for almost a year and now that its out, I'm sticking with Windows 7 on my main desktop. Again, I don't see how the Surface Pro would be a hit, not in the state that Windows is in.

Perhaps it'll be right when Windows 9 (or Blue, whatever they call it) is running on Broadwell or Skylake.

Deciscions, Deciscions
By Labotomizer on 1/4/2013 9:05:48 AM , Rating: 2
I'm very tempted to pick one of these up as I'm positive it will be capable of replacing my Ultrabook. The only reason I may wait is for the V2 with Haswell chips, which stand a better shot of replacing my mobile workstation and my ultrabook. I may get one anyway because I think our sales staff would love something like this.

Also, keep in mind this doesn't come with Office, so if that's something you need and it's not covered by a corporate license then you've got another expense on top of it.

RE: Deciscions, Deciscions
By retrospooty on 1/4/2013 9:38:17 AM , Rating: 2
I like it alot, but no way in hell would I spend my own money on it. Just not worth the price to me. I am hoping I can finagle a way to get my boss to agree to a company purchase. LOL.

RE: Deciscions, Deciscions
By AstroCreep on 1/4/2013 9:51:53 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's just a little too rich for my blood. If it came with one of the keyboard covers (hard or soft) it would be a better value and I would be sorely tempted, but at this price, I cannot justify it. Yes, you are getting a decent system for the price (Core i5, 4GB, 1080p display), but with lower battery life than most all tablets out now.

I'm thinking the next gen will be the sweet spot; hopefully better efficiency and (presumably) sort out any manufacturing issues that arise with a first-gen product.

RE: Deciscions, Deciscions
By BillyBatson on 1/4/2013 1:46:50 PM , Rating: 2
There are already rumors flying around about the surface pro2 and if they are true MS is going the AMD route and that is nothing I will never consider especially since it almost seems the pro1 will have better hardware. It seems like the pro1 will be the sweet spot and hopefully the pro3 will be perfect.

RE: Deciscions, Deciscions
By Labotomizer on 1/4/2013 11:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
I think it's fairly priced and I, personally, would have no problem spending the money on it. And could afford it. Unfortunately my wife and I don't share the same philosophy when it comes to spending money on tech. While I could argue that it would be helpful for work, which it would, I have learned to choose my battles. And I'm not convinced that this version is worth that battle with the newer ones coming out sometime in the second half of this year. I think I'll wait for V2 before I wage that war.

Now if my company will purchase it? I'd give up the Ultrabook I have for travel in a second, and it's the same price. So I might be able to swing it. I'd even agree to doing the reimbursement program so they pay for 70% of it. I could probably talk my wife into $1100.

RE: Deciscions, Deciscions
By Labotomizer on 1/4/2013 11:10:23 AM , Rating: 2
Talk her into $400... I hate no edit.

By TakinYourPoints on 1/5/2013 2:45:45 AM , Rating: 1
A grand for a 10" touchscreen ultrabook with 128GB of SSD storage is actually a really good price.

By steven975 on 1/4/2013 11:16:47 AM , Rating: 3
I normally would champion this, but in order to watch Live TV via Cablecard in Media Center, it has to be DVI or HDMI for output...DisplayPort is not certified for WMC DRM.

Hopefully they do the DRM right on their screen so you can watch TV on that at least.

RE: Displayport?!?
By Micronite on 1/4/2013 3:08:44 PM , Rating: 2
I believe you will be able to get a DisplayPort to HDMI or DVI converter cable for this. It certainly cuts down on the number of ports on the system.

Priced a little to high
By cknobman on 1/4/2013 9:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
Make the 128GB version for $799 and I will bite.

Worth every penny!
By cyang00 on 1/4/2013 10:21:46 AM , Rating: 2
This will be the greatest tablet ever, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I don't why people keep yelling at Microsoft about the price. You all should know why it's price high, it's to lower the price of the other brands and it's cheaper then crApple laptops. My reason for the late release is that Microsoft probably has a agreement with the other brands to let them start selling their products first. I'm just disappointed it's not out until the end of January but I can wait a few weeks.

Can't wait!
By BillyBatson on 1/4/2013 1:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
Two friends of mine and I have been waiting for the Pro since we first heard about it 6~ months ago.
Not sure why everyone saying it's pricey. Compared to other tablets like the iPad and surfaceRT the Pro is a great deal, pay a little more and get a lot more. Maybe it's a little pricey compared to cheap notebooks or cheap ultra books but you get a tablet form factor and a touch screen. It doesn't have a lot of storage but someone like me isn't expecting to travel with every piece of data I own hats what an external hdd is for.
We see the value in the pro and you can count that as 3 sales.

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