Forthcoming variant of tablet powered by Intel Ivy Bridge processor.
Microsoft is expected to launch the Pro variant of its Surface tablet on January 26.
CNET called several Microsoft stores around the U.S. who all responded with a time frame of "end of the month." One store said the forthcoming tablet will launch on January 26.
Upon Microsoft announcing Surface in 2012, it said: "Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later."
Windows 8 launched worldwide on October 26, which would mean "About 90 days later" is January 26. At the end of November when it announced the Pro model, it said: "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."
The Surface Pro variant will be powered by an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, accompanied by a 16:9 ClearType display featuring a 1,920x1,080 resolution.