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Microsoft has been keeping the pricing and, to a certain extent, the availability on the Surface Pro tablet to themselves. We knew previously that the Pro version of the Surface would launch about 90 days after the Surface RT, but pricing has been a complete mystery with only the vague promise of being competitively priced with ultrabooks.
Microsoft today has officially announced the availability and pricing for the Surface Pro via a blog post from Panos Panay, General Manager of the Microsoft Surface:
Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899:
· 64GB standalone version at $899
· 128GB standalone version at $999
Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately).
Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand.
So, what are the differences between this tablet and the Surface RT? I’m glad you aksed and Panay has the answers.
- Next-gen Core i5 processor
- 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display (1920×1080 full HD resolution)
- A full-size USB 3.0 port
- Mini DisplayPort (support for up to a 2560X1440 resolution)
- Surface pen with Palm Block technology
- Can run x86 applications
You can read Panos Panay’s post here.
Microsoft has begun taking preorders at Surface.com for the RT version of the Surface tablets. The tablet has been highly-anticipated by many and is expected to be a competitor to the iPad. Of note is that the Surface RT comes with the preview of Office 2013. The fulll and final version will be a free download via the Windows Store once the software is generally available. Here are the Specs and pricing details for the Surface RT:
Surface with Windows RT, 32 GB: $499
Surface with Windows RT, 32 GB with Black Touch Cover: $599
Surface with Windows RT, 64 GB with Black Touch Cover: $699
Surface Touch Cover (white, red, black, cyan, or pink): $119.99
Surface Type Cover: $129.99
|OS||Windows RT; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote). Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.|
|Exterior||10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in 1.5lbs VaporMg casing Dark Titanium color Volume and Power buttons|
|Storage||32GB*, 64GB *1GB = 1 billion bytes; formatted storage capacity may be less|
|Display||10.6″ ClearType HD Display 1366×768 pixels 16:9 (widescreen) 5-point multi-touch|
|CPU||NVIDIA T30 2GB RAM|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 4.0 technology|
|Cameras and A/V||Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing Two microphones, Stereo speakers|
|Ports||Full-size USB 2.0 microSDXC card slot Headset jack HD video out port Cover port|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor Accelerometer Gyroscope Compass|
|Power Supply||24W power supply|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Apps (included)||Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.|