A month after Microsoft released their Surface RT, the company announced the pricing for their Surface with Windows Pro. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB storage capacities, the Windows Surface Pro costs $899 and $999 respectively.
Both models will have Surface active digitizer pen with “Palm Block” technology, although Microsoft’s Touch Cover and Type Cover will be sold separately. As the company previously stated, the Surface Pro will hit the shelves on January.
Windows Surface Pro: Tech and Specifications
When it comes to size and specification, the Windows Surface Pro is beefier than its Surface RT kin.
Weighing 2 pounds and measures 0.53 inches, it features Intel Core i5 chip and 10.6-inch screen with 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. When connected to an external monitor using a mini DisplayPort the tablet can support screen resolution of up to 2560 x 1440.
The storage configurations double those of the RT version, but the Windows 8 operating system is likely to consume much of that space.
Surface RT vs. Surface Pro
What makes Surface Pro differ from Surface RT is its OS. The Intel-based Microsoft tablet runs a full version of Windows 8 Pro. This means that users can install other desktop apps other than the Modern-style applications found in the Windows Store.
As for its price, the upcoming device may be more expensive than the Surface RT, but its capabilities are somehow similar to that of an Ultrabook.
Availability and Purported Low Demand
Microsoft is not yet taking pre-orders for the Surface Pro, and there were no words either on the tablet’s exact release date.
On the other hand, there were speculations that the device’s pricing news was meant to bend reports about whether or not Windows 8 is selling well. It was previously reported that demand for Microsoft’s latest OS is not good right now. Topeka Capital Markets’ Brian White also added:
The sentiment around Windows 8 was overwhelmingly negative during our trip as the supply chain is experiencing little life ahead of the October 26 launch.
Although October is expected to be the sweet spot for the notebook ramp for Windows 8, and further follow through is likely in November, we were warned of idle facilities in December. One of our contacts does not expect Windows 8 to be material until the second half of 2013.
However, it is also possible that announcing the upcoming device’s price is meant to help people decide whether they should hold off buying a Windows Surface RT and wait for its brother to arrive on store.