The Pro version of the Surface Tablet will charge $899 reveals Microsoft. The device which will be released in January, it features an Intel chip and will run a full version of the Windows 8 Operating System. The price which is $400 more than the existing Surface with the Windows RT Tablets is much more powerful than it as well and will stand in line to challenge the iPad and the Android based Tablets.
The looks are the same: The Pro version uses the same familiar design principles as the RT version including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas and the kickstand.
The differences includes Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor, the tablet will be shipped with a 64GB storage will be available for $899 and another with the same specs but 128GB of storage will go for $999. It runs at 1920×1080-pixel resolution, includes a full-size USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort and also comes with a stylus. Microsoft claims that the Pen input, a feature for the note-takers or document editors which has expanded capacitive and digitizing technology called the Palm Block that will prevent the handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidentally place your palm on the screen as you write.
Both the surface versions can be operated in 10.6 inch touchscreen tablets or snapped into one of the firm’s keyboards to mimic the functionality of a notebook computer.
The RT version has lesser support to third-party programs and only those which are available from the Microsoft online stores but it has a greater battery life, the Pro version however have overcome these limitations with more power and functionality but is slightly heavier to accommodate a high-capacity battery pack.
“The Intel-based version of Windows 8 is far more attractive to the market than the Windows RT version as consumers today can’t ignore the fact that they may just be a version of a program that they want to run built on the old architecture which the ARM-based version doesn’t support,” Ken Dulaney, a mobile technology analyst at consultants Gartner, told the BBC.
“But there will be a lot of other Windows 8 hybrids out there that also allow their screens to be detached from their keyboards.
“So I’d suggest that buyers sit back and wait for other products which may be even more compelling or cheaper and not become too fixated on what is a first-generation Microsoft device.”
- Microsoft prices ‘pro’ Surface (bbc.co.uk)
- Microsoft Surface Pro to price at $899 and up; tablet to launch in January (phonearena.com)
- Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro pricing: $899 and up (pcworld.com)
- Microsoft’s Surface Pro to arrive in January, priced from $899 for 64GB model (theverge.com)