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Surface Pro Set For January 26 Launch, Says Microsoft Store

By - Source: CNET | B 40 comments

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.

 

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    vmem , January 4, 2013 4:39 PM
    Here comes the real surface... I have really mixed feelings about how it'll do.

    Regardless, it would drive tablet/ultrabook development in a great new direction
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    ojas , January 4, 2013 4:39 PM
    Ah was just thinking about this. Jan 26th is our Republic Day, interesting coincidence!
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    vmem , January 4, 2013 4:39 PM
    Here comes the real surface... I have really mixed feelings about how it'll do.

    Regardless, it would drive tablet/ultrabook development in a great new direction
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    tuffjuff , January 4, 2013 4:48 PM
    If only that keyboard came with it, then the price would be a little more palatable.
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    ojas , January 4, 2013 4:54 PM
    tuffjuffIf only that keyboard came with it, then the price would be a little more palatable.

    True, i doubt that keyboard is worth more than $25 anyway.
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    cknobman , January 4, 2013 5:01 PM
    Priced too high for me to get one.

    Make the 128GB version $799 and I'll buy in.
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    Daedalus12 , January 4, 2013 5:10 PM
    I'm really hoping this does well. It's still priced a bit too much for me, but a strong showing with the surface pro should help drive competition and innovation. A true "laptop replacement" tablet at $699-799 would be great.
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    BringMeAnother , January 4, 2013 5:14 PM
    I'm setting up a count down timer for this. Been waiting for a full OS tablet for ages. Still, I'd buy this only if the reviews are great. Otherwise I'd probably wait for the next generation.

    For those interested in Windows 8 (not RT) tablets (slates only) here are some names from my research:

    Intel Core i7/i5/i3

    Microsoft Surface Pro
    Kupa X15
    Acer Iconia Tab W700
    Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T

    Intel Atom

    Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T
    Asus ViVo Tab
    HP Envy X2
    HP ElitePad
    Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx
    Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
    Acer Iconia Tab W510
    Dell Latitude 10
    ZTE V98
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    wemakeourfuture , January 4, 2013 5:22 PM
    Daedalus12I'm really hoping this does well. It's still priced a bit too much for me, but a strong showing with the surface pro should help drive competition and innovation. A true "laptop replacement" tablet at $699-799 would be great.


    It won't do well. Myriad of reasons but price is a huge one.
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    Anonymous , January 4, 2013 5:29 PM
    Everyone complains about price. Take a minute to think. ALL OUR LIVES, how much have tablet computers cost? WEEEELL over 1,300 sometimes. 999 is AWESOME for 120GB SSD and 1080 resolution?! PFFFFT, I know I'll be buying one if I want another tablet!
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    ikefu , January 4, 2013 6:19 PM
    I've been contemplating getting an ultrabook for the portability factor and the Surface Pro will actually be cheaper than most Ultrabooks. Convenience of an iPad with the ability to run all my work programs and older PC games (woot Age of Empires 2 to go!)

    The only thing holding me back the coming release of Haswell CPUs late this year. The new S0ix active sleep state should help out with the poor battery life that comes with full Core CPU tablets.
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    therogerwilco , January 4, 2013 6:21 PM
    I don't recall people being this negative when the ipad came out at such a high price
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    sun-devil99 , January 4, 2013 6:41 PM
    therogerwilcoI don't recall people being this negative when the ipad came out at such a high price

    I don't know, may be people expect 'such a high price' from Apple and wasn't the iPad the first into the Tablet Market? Microsoft is trying to play catch-up and may be they need to market the Surface better.
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    bystander , January 4, 2013 6:52 PM
    I've never seen an article on this site, about a new product, that everyone didn't say the price was too high. I guess a lot of people think these things grow on trees.
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    digitalrazoe , January 4, 2013 7:09 PM
    microsoft should have came out with this first... let's see how it does...
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    qwerty99 , January 4, 2013 7:09 PM
    Isn't this release just a few days before BlackBerry is releasing their latest OS and Phone?
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    DjEaZy , January 4, 2013 7:30 PM
    ... useless garbage...
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    robochump , January 4, 2013 7:41 PM
    MS Store sales person stated that he expects the MS Surface Pro to have much less battery life due to the added performance. Its tough to balance perf and usable battery life as well as Apple has (not that iPads are high end but works very well) but Surface appears to be a solid contender, eventually.
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    ikefu , January 4, 2013 7:49 PM
    I think the price issue is this: The surface has all the guts of an Ultrabook and priced it to match but it looks like a normal tablet so people expect it price like an iPad.

    I think its a perception issue. I would love to see it priced as a tablet, but ultimately what you have is an ultrabook in tablet form factor.
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    therogerwilco , January 4, 2013 8:13 PM
    Na, Apple just took others ideas and made it more generic.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_tablet_computers
    I think Apple hit so big because it's about as basic as a calculator. Stupidity sells..
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    soo-nah-mee , January 4, 2013 8:27 PM
    I've been an early adopter many times, but I have a strange feeling about the first generation of these guys (Surface PRO and it's brothers from different mothers). I guess it's because these are pretty much the VERY first examples in a entirely new genre of devices. This may very well be a glimpse of what the next 5-10 years of mainstream personal computing will look like; the perfect combination of tablet and laptop. I think I'll just let others work the bugs out and hop on when the next round comes out.
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