The Microsoft Surface Pro will be released next month and will start at $899, Microsoft has revealed.
The information was shared by Microsoft’s Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface, in this post on the Microsoft Blog.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market. The response from Surface customers has been fantastic and exciting to see. In addition to sharing the terrific results that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8 at a technology conference earlier this week, we also announced that Surface with Windows 8 Pro would be available in January 2013,” the executive writes.
“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,” he adds.
According to him, the 64 GB version will come for $899. That, however, is for the standalone version which means that if you want either the Touch Cover or the Type Cover, you would have to shell out more money.
The 128 GB version of the Microsoft Surface Pro will be priced at $999.
According to Panay, “Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology”.
“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,” Panay writes.
Nonetheless, we are less hesitant to call this a tablet because if features a full-pledged laptop processor.
“On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s third generation Core i5 processor. This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920×1080 full HD resolution,” the Microsoft executive continues.
“Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. And, as I mentioned above, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input,” he says.
This feature of the Surface Pro reminds us of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC which also has a pen which Samsung popularized in its lineup with the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The Surface Pro and its already-available brother, the Surface RT, was previewed first by Microsoft last June.