As you should be aware of by now, the Microsoft Surface RT has been launched on the market during the last week of October and although this particular gadget is quite attractive, there are quite a lot of enthusiasts waiting for a Windows–based tablet that isn’t powered by the RT operating system. So, to make the long story short, the Surface RT might not be the biggest hit ever but the Surface Pro might save Microsoft’s tablet efforts.
In case you’re considering buying the Microsoft Surface Pro and you’ve waited for more information to surface, no pun intended, then you should join us after the break as we’ll talk a bit more about Microsoft’s latest statements regarding the device.
Microsoft Surface Pro Release Date, Price, Preview
Alright folks, first let me get this out of the way. Unfortunately, the company based in Redmond has not given an exact release date for their Surface Pro, but the Chief Marketing and Financial Officer for Windows, Tami Reller, has recently stated that the Pro will be made available in January 2013.
As far as pricing goes, fortunately we have more concrete information regarding the matter, as Microsoft has finally revealed the exact price of the Surface Pro. So, in case you’re planning on buying one, the model with 64 GB of storage will set you back $899, whereas the 128 GB version is going to be retailed at the price of $999. The Touch or Type Covers are optional and will set you back an additional $120 or $130 respectively.
Last but not least, we should talk a bit more about what to expect in terms of hardware. There have been rumors that the Surface Pro might arrive in 2013 because the company is planning on fitting a more powerful processor, but that’s not the case and as explained by a Microsoft spokesperson. The Surface Pro will be powered by an Intel Core i5.
However, with that extra power coming from the Ivy Bridge i5 CPU, there’s one characteristic in particular that some people might find a deal breaker, and that’s battery life. Unfortunately, Microsoft has recently stated that battery life of the Surface Pro is going to be about half of what the Surface RT has to offer.
That’s about 4, 5 hours of use before the device will need a recharge. Is that a bit too little for you, or is the Surface Pro still right up your alley?
Thanks ZDNet for the heads-up regarding the Microsoft Surface Pro release date and price.