Microsoft Surface Pro Availability Date Revealed, Plus New Surface RT Model
Microsoft's Intel-based Surface Pro arrives in early February along with a few new accessories and a new Windows RT SKU.
Microsoft confirmed on Tuesday that its Surface Pro tablet will be available for purchase on February 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada.
Packed with an Intel Core i5 CPU and Windows 8 Pro (nope, none of that ARM-based RT stuff here), it will have a starting price of $899 USD and arrive in 64 GB and 128 GB flavors. A Surface pen with Palm Block technology, designed specifically to work with Surface to let customers edit, collaborate and get things done, is included with Surface Windows 8 Pro.
"The response to Surface has been exciting to see,” said Panos Panay, general manager, Microsoft Surface. "We’re thrilled to continue growing the Surface family with the availability of Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb. 9 and by increasing the number of places customers can experience Surface firsthand."
In addition to releasing Surface Pro in the coming weeks, the company has also made available Surface RT in 13 additional markets worldwide. Even more, a new 64 GB standalone version for $599 USD will be made available soon and will come with a free Cover of your choice.
In addition to the Surface tablets, a Surface Edition of Microsoft's Wedge Touch Mouse, costing $69.99 USD, will be expanded into additional markets in the coming weeks. There are also three new limited editions of Microsoft's Touch Cover in red, magenta and cyan (seen above) that will soon be launched at an estimated retail price of $129.99 USD each.
"Each design is different and allows customers additional personalization options beyond the various colors of Touch Cover that are already available," Panay said in his blog on Tuesday. "These limited edition Touch Covers will be available for purchase on Feb. 9 in the 8 markets in which Surface is currently sold, with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks."
Panay goes into greater detail about all the products listed here in his Tuesday update, located here.