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Microsoft announces pricing and detailed specs for Surface Pro

 

Microsoft's first venture into the hardware business, the Surface RT, launched to mixed reviews last month. But for many observers it was only the warm-up act anyway.

Today, Microsoft released more details about its headline act: the upcoming Surface device with Windows 8 Pro.

The new Surface will debut in two editions in the United States and Canada: one with 64 GB of storage, priced at $899, a second with 128 GB for $999. Each model comes with a Surface pen but does not include Touch Cover or Type Cover add-ons ($120 and $130, respectively).

Surface General Manager Panos Panay also revealed additional specs for the Intel-powered device, which is capable of running the full spectrum of Windows desktop programs in addition to Windows Store apps:

  • Core i5 processor (clock speed not specified)
  • 10.6" 9 ClearType with 1920x1080 full HD resolution
  • Full digitizer and ink support with Palm Block technology
  • Full-size USB 3.0 port
  • Mini DisplayPort (can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 resolution)

According to Panay, the Surface Pro will weigh "less than two pounds" and be less than 14 millimeters thick.

Presumably, the devices will continue to be sold exclusively through Microsoft's brick-and-mortar stores and its online Microsoft Store.

Microsoft's announcement didn't include pricing or distribution information for markets other than the United States and Canada. The company also remains mum on the actual on-sale date, although Microsoft's Tami Reller, the Chief Marketing and Financial Officer for Windows, announced earlier this week that the Surface Pro will be available in January 2013. At the initial unveiling of Surface last September, Microsoft said Surface Pro would arrive approximately 90 days after the General Availability of Windows 8, which would put it in late January.

The more powerful processor and higher-resolution display, along with full support for Windows desktop programs, should alleviate many of the concerns of early adopters who rejected the Surface RT. What's still unknown (and conspicuously absent from the new published specs) is battery life. It's unlikely that the Surface Pro can deliver all-day battery life in such a small package. We'll have to see how long it does last.

 

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-announces-pricing-and-detailed-specs-for-surface-pro-7000008102/



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I'll wait for someone to comment on how good the specs are for things like gaming, but oh my, those prices are high, although exactly what I was expected.

I was just hoping I expected wrong or that at least they came with a keyboard.

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Quite Awesome.
It won't be the gaming rig for sure.

This is meant to be Apple Killer device. People like Apple laptops because of their premium feel and don't want to game as much.

So now Microsoft have their own hardware with the premium feel and price to make them go for it with touch screen as a big incentive!!.

Euphoria14 said:
I'll wait for someone to comment on how good the specs are for things like gaming, but oh my, those prices are high, although exactly what I was expected.

I was just hoping I expected wrong or that at least they came with a keyboard.


No discrete GPU mentioned, so I'm assuming this works as well as any Ivy Bridge i5 with Intel's integrated graphics. To do anything else would compromise battery life.

Pricing is indeed as expected. Add $100 for keyboard and you have what is, in almost all attributes, an ultrabook.



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damn that's expensive, I'll wait for the next one and get the old model cheaper

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too expensive. I can't even afford to look at the specs.

Wow expensive compared to what I was expecting.

Euphoria14 said:
I'll wait for someone to comment on how good the specs are for things like gaming, but oh my, those prices are high, although exactly what I was expected.

I was just hoping I expected wrong or that at least they came with a keyboard.


Well Specs are decent for gaming i suppose...

You can check out a review of the gpu here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5771/the-intel-ivy-bridge-core-i7-3770k-review/15

Not the best of results obviously but if you willing to sacrifice resolution and image quality u can play most games at 30 FPS.

I would imagine that games more suited for laptop gaming/LAN'ing like dota/dota 2/LoL/mmo's/Counter Strike etc. should do pretty well :)



Too expensive.
I'll probably end up buying one of the other Laptop/tablet hybrids for around $600 next year.

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Shinobi-san said:
Euphoria14 said:
I'll wait for someone to comment on how good the specs are for things like gaming, but oh my, those prices are high, although exactly what I was expected.

I was just hoping I expected wrong or that at least they came with a keyboard.


Well Specs are decent for gaming i suppose...

You can check out a review of the gpu here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5771/the-intel-ivy-bridge-core-i7-3770k-review/15

Not the best of results obviously but if you willing to sacrifice resolution and image quality u can play most games at 30 FPS.

I would imagine that games more suited for laptop gaming/LAN'ing like dota/dota 2/LoL/mmo's/Counter Strike etc. should do pretty well :)

I'm only concerned for Indie gaming and Minecraft really. The big heavy hitters I will play on a console.



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