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Surface Pro Tablets to Finally Arrive in January 2013

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This January Microsoft will offer 64 GB and 128 GB versions of its Intel-based Surface tablet, starting at a hefty $899 USD.

On Thursday Microsoft finally announced the launch date and pricing of the upcoming Surface Pro tablets. Unlike the Surface RT versions which range from $499 to $699, these Intel-based models will be more expensive and PC-like, costing consumers a meaty $899 for the standalone 64 GB version and $999 for the standalone 128 GB version. Both are scheduled to arrive on store shelves in January 2013.

Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface, said that both models will come packed with Windows 8 Pro, and a Surface pen with Palm Block technology. They'll also be compatible with the Touch Cover and Type Cover (sold separately), and share some of the same features seen with the current Windows RT tablets including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas, and the kickstand.

Naturally the big difference with the Surface Pro tablets will be in the core components and the OS itself: Intel's next-generation Core i5 processor running Windows 8 Pro rather than the ARM-based Tegra SoC from Nvidia running Windows RT. Panay said the Intel-based CPU will allow the tablet's 10.6-inch 16:9 ClearType display to sport a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. There's also a full-size USB 3.0 port, and a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440.

"Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input," Panay said. "This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitizing technology we’re calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed."

The Surface Pro tablet will also allow users to install their favorite Windows 7 programs, thus consumers will seemingly shell out $899 or more for a portable laptop PC without the built-in keyboard and clamshell form-factor. Yet unlike a full-blown notebook with similar hardware, the two Surface Pro tablets will weigh less than two pounds and measure less than 14-mm thick, he said.

For the actual list of specs, check out what the new Surface Pro tablets have to offer below:

OS
Windows 8 Pro – Runs current Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with your existing enterprise management infrastructure. Use the programs and the apps available in the Windows Store.

Exterior
10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53-inches
2 pounds
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium color
Volume and Power buttons

Storage
64 GB*
128 GB
*System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage. 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.

Display
10.6-inch ClearType Full HD Display
1920 x 1080 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
10-point multi-touch

Pen Input
Pen input and pen (included with purchase)

CPU
3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4 GB RAM – Dual Channel Memory

Wireless
Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

Battery
42 W-h

Cameras and A/V
Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing with TruColor
Microphone
Stereo speakers

Ports
Full-size USB 3.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port

Sensors
Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Compass

Power Supply
48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)

Warranty
1-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included)
Windows Mail and Messaging
SkyDrive
Internet Explorer 10
Bing
Xbox Music, Video, and Games

 

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    GabZDK , November 30, 2012 12:05 AM
    That's one nice tablet
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 12:50 AM
    wemakeourfutureWay over priced. Will sell very few units.If they included 4G LTE and the ability to make calls then they could have had more leverage.Has to be at half the price to compete with the iPad and Android tablets that exist.Microsoft will continue their subpar performance at their Entertainment and Devices Divisions.


    But its not supposed to be compared to an apple/android tablet. Its a full-blow laptop...comparable to $1000 ultrabooks, not $500 tablets.
  • 14 Hide
    moogleslam , November 30, 2012 12:47 AM
    They're really missing the boat by not having it out before Christmas.
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  • 19 Hide
    GabZDK , November 30, 2012 12:05 AM
    That's one nice tablet
  • 4 Hide
    Jerky_san , November 30, 2012 12:15 AM
    Wish it had GPS to.. I might of missed it in the specs but didn't see it.. Would be nice.. then it would basically be an all in one tablet.. Could you Street and Trips and such..
  • 12 Hide
    Nexus52085 , November 30, 2012 12:16 AM
    can't wait. I've been eyeing the pro version for a while now.
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    nukemaster , November 30, 2012 12:16 AM
    Interesting to say the least.
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    edgewood112358 , November 30, 2012 12:27 AM
    I wonder if Microsoft is eventually going to make a cheaper surface with an atom or AMD C or E series APU? They could probably sell that for $650 in the entry level, which might be enough to sway hesitant buyers- $900 for the entry level x86 surface is a lot!
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 12:31 AM
    edgewood112358I wonder if Microsoft is eventually going to make a cheaper surface with an atom or AMD C or E series APU? They could probably sell that for $650 in the entry level, which might be enough to sway hesitant buyers- $900 for the entry level x86 surface is a lot!


    Its really not at all. If you compare it to ultrabooks in the same price range, its very competitively priced (as opposed to the RT version imo).

    I really like the fact that it uses SSDs not eMMC based memory, hopefully that will be upgradable.

    My only beef with it is that if I'm dishing out $900 I think they should include one of the keyboards. It seriously can't cost anywhere near the $100 they ask for it. I bet it takes them $10-20 max to make.
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    Anonymous , November 30, 2012 12:40 AM
    Hefty price? This is practically cheap compared to some of the competitions. Samsung ATIV Pro with pen and digitizer is sold for $1200. Dell XPS 12 convertible is sold for $1200.

    Meanwhile, Surface Pro 128Gb = $999 + Cover ($150?) = $1050, that is cheaper than competition.

    Acer W700 128GB is $999. Not quite sure about Lenovo Yoga. I vaguely remember other vendors such as Toshiba, Asus and Sony is more expensive.

    If Microsoft has launched this in October instead of RT, Windows 8 take up might have been better as this tablet can run all existing x86 apps instead of have to relying on the still barren app store to catch up. Well, now that it is soon here, lets see if this will boost Windows tablet sales. I just hope that Microsoft is able to manage their sales and delivery channel well this time so that it is able to deliver the products timely all over the world. In this fast moving industry you really need to able to do what your competitor can do, which is to quickly make your products available to interested market segment and lock in their purchase as soon as possible. Because a purchase made on your product is likely to mean a purchase lost to your competitor for quite awhile.


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    wisedupearly , November 30, 2012 12:46 AM
    How many legacy Windows apps are going to be really useable on this form factor?
    Like RT, you'll need the keyboard and trackpad for input.
    But that small screen is going to scroll you to death
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    moogleslam , November 30, 2012 12:47 AM
    They're really missing the boat by not having it out before Christmas.
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 12:49 AM
    tiltowaitSurface Pro 128Gb = $999 + Cover ($150?) = $1050


    Your math is a tad off ;) 
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 12:50 AM
    wemakeourfutureWay over priced. Will sell very few units.If they included 4G LTE and the ability to make calls then they could have had more leverage.Has to be at half the price to compete with the iPad and Android tablets that exist.Microsoft will continue their subpar performance at their Entertainment and Devices Divisions.


    But its not supposed to be compared to an apple/android tablet. Its a full-blow laptop...comparable to $1000 ultrabooks, not $500 tablets.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 30, 2012 1:09 AM
    Can it run Crysis? Seriously, can it? I'm guessing if so, not very good due to the GPU.
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    wisedupearly , November 30, 2012 1:09 AM
    4 hour battery life
    no 3G/4G
    no GPS
    no office
    no screen angle adjustment
    no sale
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    cirdecus , November 30, 2012 1:11 AM
    wemakeourfutureWay over priced. Will sell very few units.If they included 4G LTE and the ability to make calls then they could have had more leverage.Has to be at half the price to compete with the iPad and Android tablets that exist.Microsoft will continue their subpar performance at their Entertainment and Devices Divisions.


    I'm sure more people will be correcting you, but this is actually a PC not a toy tablet like an iPad or Android device. It functions like a complete desktop\laptop.

    So if you want to compare this PRODUCTIVITY computing device to a content CONSUMPTION device, then start by comparing a full laptop to the iPad and see which has more features and functions. Like USB ports, external hard drives, file management, the ability to run any windows application on the planet, etc.

    This isn't a toy tablet, this is the real deal.
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    wisedupearly , November 30, 2012 1:12 AM
    4 hour battery life
    no 3G/4G
    no GPS
    no office
    no screen angle adjustment
    too heavy as tablet
    no sale
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    cirdecus , November 30, 2012 1:14 AM
    wisedupearly4 hour battery lifeno 3G/4Gno GPSno officeno screen angle adjustmentno sale


    Pretty sure its a lot more than 4 hours
    You can plug a USB 3G or 3G device into this thing just like you can a GPS dongle.
    Office is never free retard, when was such powerful software free? Show me apple's free office app for their iPad.
    Screen angle adjustment? Like, as in turning the tablet with your hand?

    I think you're confusing this with your android/ipad. This is a computer, not a toy shopping cart.
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    cirdecus , November 30, 2012 1:16 AM
    moogleslamThey're really missing the boat by not having it out before Christmas.


    I would've released it before christmas too. My guess is that they want people using and playing with RT and they're betting big on the ecosystem growing. They probably didn't want the Pro tablets to be a distraction.
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    bavman , November 30, 2012 1:21 AM
    CirdecusPretty sure its a lot more than 4 hoursYou can plug a USB 3G or 3G device into this thing just like you can a GPS dongle.Office is never free retard, when was such powerful software free? Show me apple's free office app for their iPad.Screen angle adjustment? Like, as in turning the tablet with your hand?I think you're confusing this with your android/ipad. This is a computer, not a toy shopping cart.


    Lets try to not call others retarded okay? Don't be a child

    Also the surface RT gets 7-10 hours battery depending on the situation and microsoft clearly said the pro will have about half the battery life of the RT so he is correct in assuming it will be around 4 hours. Check your sources before being "pretty sure" its a lot more than 4 hours.
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    wisedupearly , November 30, 2012 1:26 AM
    Cirdecus
    Screen angle adjustment? Like, as in turning the tablet with your hand?I think you're confusing this with your android/ipad. This is a computer, not a toy shopping cart.


    check here http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro-to-have-half-the-surface-rts-battery-life-7000008113/
    ohh, a dongle - battery life is now 3 hours
    office is free with RT - get it now?
    seriously, a productivity device that you have to hold? good luck with that buddy.
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