Microsoft’s Surface Pro pricing announced, $899 & $999, coming January 2013
The Microsoft Surface garnered plenty of excitement when it was announced just earlier this year, and two version were announced in the Surface RT & Surface Pro. The Surface RT was met with a warm reception, but it was given average reviews with critics wondering who it was aimed at, with the RT being 85% tablet, 15% computer. It was released last month, and once the initial shock wore off, people turned their attentions over to the Surface Pro, in what is being dubbed as a true Computer/Tablet Hybrid as it incorporates the best of both worlds.
We knew the specs, we knew what it looked like but what we didn’t know was a pricing or a release date. Well, it seems all the changes today with Microsoft officially announcing both pricing and a launch date for the Surface Pro. Pricing starts at $899 for the 64GB version (SSD) and goes up to $999 for the 128GB version (SSD), and we think that’s a pretty decent price! Of course, the pricing includes a touch stylus pen (yes, Pen input makes it to the Surface Pro!), but both prices do not include a keyboard of any kind and it will be extra. Still, this Intel powered tablet/computer is priced very competitively and it’s quite powerful as well.
Inside, and Intel Core i5 processor ticks away, which allows the 10.6-inch screen to be finally powered by a full HD 1080p screen. It also comes with one USB 3.0 port, one Mini DisplayPort (for all your display needs, up to a 2560 x 1440 resolution) and is topped up with an Intel 4000 HD integrated graphics card. Quite a powerful ‘tablet’ if you will.
Considering the Surface RT ran as high as $699, this is quite a proper pricing Microsoft! Though we wonder why the Surface RT wasn’t priced lower. The Surface is also thinner than 14mm and weighs less than 2 pounds. A little heavy for a tablet, but perhaps not so for an ‘Ultrabook’ type device. It all depends on what you are looking for, but one thing you will be getting is an excellent design and build in the ark Titanium VaporMg casing. We just hope any Surface RT ‘lag’ issues will be sorted out by then if it’s not a processor issue but an OS issue.
The Surface Pro will be out in January 2013, though no country availability listings have been given as of yet. January can’t come soon enough!
Source: TechNet Blog