The Surface RT was met with a mixed response when it landed into Microsoft Stores nationwide on October 26th, and the main complaint seemed to be geared towards Windows RT's performance which was said to be sluggish. Now that Microsoft's hero tablet has been available for more than a month to the public, there's growing curiosity about when its presumably faster Intel-powered counterpart, the Surface Pro, will be released.
Today Microsoft's Panos Panay, General Manager behind the Microsoft Surface project, has published a post to The Official Microsoft Blog detailing availability and pricing. While they don't have a hard date to share just yet, Panay confirmed the Surface Pro would begin shipping in January 2013. Next comes the pricing, which Microsoft is now ready to share.
The Surface Pro will come in 64 GB and 128 GB varieties for $899 and $999, respectively. Each Surface Pro will come bundled with Microsoft's Surface pen, which is a powerful stylus that takes full advantage of the display digitizer to offer pinpoint digital writing. However, the Surface Pro will not come with a Touch Cover ($120) or Type Cover ($130) in any of its planned bundles, meaning you'll have to buy one separately.
Finally, Panay recaps on all of the impressive specifications of the Surface Pro and we will too in case you forgot (Update: Added more detailed specifications from the official Surface website):
- 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 4GB RAM — Dual Channel Memory
- 10.6-inch ClearType Full HD display (1920x1080)
- Thickness: 13.5 mm
- Weigth: 903 grams
- Full-size USB 3.0 port
- Mini DisplayPort (supports up to 2560x1440 resolution)
- MicroSDXC port
- Pen input with Palm Block
- Bluetooth 4.0
- VaporMg construction
- Built-in kickstand
- Support for x86 (Desktop) and Windows Store applications
Personally, we think Microsoft has nailed the pricing on the Surface Pro but only time will tell if it's a product worth buying. Now that you know the price, are you considering a Surface Pro?
Source: The Official Microsoft Blog, Surface