Microsoft has officially announced that the higher-spec Windows 8 powered version of its Surface tablet will be available from February 9th in the U.S. and Canada. Microsoft intended for a January release, but just missed it.
The base model of the Surface Pro starts at a colossal $900, and includes 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (expandable up to 128GB using MicroSD), and an Intel Core i5 processor. The high-end model will be available for $999, and includes 128GB of storage with the same specs as above.
It’s also good to note that the $900 starting price does not include the magnetic Touch Cover($120) and the Type Cover($130) – so they have to be purchased separately. For the same amount of money that you would spend on a Surface Pro with a type input, you could buy a MacBook Air or Ultrabook – which would have more power, more storage, could be configured with more ram and are all-around capable machines for computing tasks.
It will be interesting to see how the Surface Pro fairs in the ever-growing tablet market – but it is hard to imagine that these will be flying off the shelves.
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