Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro Coming Feb. 9

Microsoft has announced a release date of February 9 for the Surface Windows 8 Pro, a bulkier but more powerful version of the company's first laptop-tablet hybrid.

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Microsoft's Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet.

Microsoft has announced a release date of February 9 for the Surface Windows 8 Pro, a bulkier but more powerful version of the company’s first laptop-tablet hybrid.

The Surface Windows 8 Pro (nee “Surface with Windows 8 Pro,” or unofficially just “Surface Pro“) starts at $899 for the tablet alone with 64 GB of storage. A 128 GB version costs $999.

Neither model includes the Touch Cover that snaps onto the tablet and doubles as a pressure-sensitive keyboard and trackpad. For that, you’ll have to pay another $120, or you can buy a Type Cover, which is thicker and has mechanical keys, for $130. A “Surface Edition” of Microsoft’s Wedge Touch Mouse will be available for $70, and special edition Touch Covers with laser-etched designs will cost $130.

Microsoft also announced that it will sell a standalone 64 GB Surface Windows RT, starting February 9. Previously, Microsoft had bundled this model with a black Touch Cover. If you wanted a different color or a Type Cover, you had to purchase it in addition, or downgrade to a standalone 32 GB model.

What’s the difference between the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro versions of Surface? The former is thinner and lighter, but it won’t let you install any desktop software, such as iTunes, Spotify or Chrome. You’re limited to the (currently tiny) selection of apps from Microsoft’s app store, and to a suite of built-in desktop programs such as Office, Notepad and Internet Explorer. The Surface Pro can run all your existing Windows software, has a more powerful Intel Core i5 processor and includes a stylus, but it’s thicker and heavier, and only gets about half the battery life (about 5 to 6 hours, most likely). Both devices have 10.6-inch screens, but the Pro has a 1920-by-1080 resolution display, while the RT’s screen resolution is 1366-by-768.

The February 9 release date for the Surface Pro is later than Microsoft had originally announced. At first, the company said it would launch the device 90 days after its Windows RT counterpart, which would have been January 26. The good news is that the Surface Pro will be sold at Staples and Best Buy in the United States, in addition to Microsoft’s retail and online stores. If you’ve seen all those ads with the dancing, clicking people and wondered where to actually buy the product, now you know.

25 comments
olivierlehe
olivierlehe

I do not think Microsoft's strategy with Windows RT. I do not think Microsoft believe either ... The real future is the perfect hybrid mobile computer: with a backup time of 18 hours, convertible tablet to make apps that are found on a laptop work. With the latest mobile ASUS and HP released in 2013, it is not far. Pro Microsoft Surface is nice but you do not declare constructor like this. This computer probably does not have the reliability of an HP or ASUS. The price is still expensive, between $ 1,800 and $ 2,200. The fact that the hybrid computer perfect for the right price (under $ 1000) is not yet available explains the decline in PC sales over the past year. For more info on the subject, you can go to: http://worldofinnovations.net/2013/05/05/q1-2013-pc-down-14-between-1q13-1q12/ 

EvanWitherspoon
EvanWitherspoon

Do you realize for the same price of the 128 GB version you could buy an Alienware M14x that has 500 GB of hard disk space, a graphics card more than twice as powerful as Surface Pro's, a DVD RW drive, a larger 14 inch display, 6GB of RAM (2 more than Surface), multiple ports and a 9-in-1 Media Card Reader, oh and did I mention it lights up? Surface Pro has NONE of these and is therefore overpriced.

Theokan
Theokan

I think these hybrid devices will be dominated by the Digital Arts field in the coming years, it meets all the criteria to do digital art work while traveling ; pressure sensitive stylus pen drawn right on the screen like a Cintiq, desktop programs like Photoshop, Zbrush, Maya, etc.., touch screen for 3D camera navigation ease, full HD with higher ppi then traditional laptop/desktop, even the fact that artists don't need to type as much as say a programmer, meaning the less than ideal keyboard won't be much of an issue.  It almost feels like it's designed with artists in mind..


Jason_DD
Jason_DD

It's too big and too expensive. I would have been interested if it had been half the size and half the price.

MichaelWilding
MichaelWilding

Too much!  Maybe some business people will buy it, but for the masses there's too much lower priced competition out there.

masbg
masbg

Can't wait to preorder this thing. It deserves to beat the iPad, not that it will. I read on another article ( published today ) that the type cover comes with it. Is that true? It would mean good for the overpriced tablet.

AsokSmith
AsokSmith

Gosh! For that kind of bucks, you could buy a REAL laptop, like a very loaded Dell E5530 i7 Latitude running a REAL operating system like Window 7 Pro 64bit!

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

I'm sure someone will find it handy, but for me, I think it's too heavy to be a tablet, too small to be a laptop, and either way you go with it, the battery better last longer than 5-6 hours!

Ele
Ele

@Theokan  yep im saving for this device, there is no other maker thinking on cgi guys

worleyeoe
worleyeoe

@MichaelWilding I agree that it is overpriced. But the Surface Pro is truly a different device from anything that's out there. It cannot be compared to an iPad / Android tablet / or Kindle. Without a doubt, the market for this device is power users and the enterprise, both of which can easily affort $900 - $1200. So to be absolutely clear, it's not "masses" device.

rentalchair
rentalchair

@AsokSmith why don't you get it, market is changing to tablet like touch devices. That is why people are more after mobile devices and buy smartphones more than before.

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

@worleyeoe @Jason_DD You need to use the "new math". When dealing with length AND width, a 7" tablet is about half the size of a 10" tablet.

masbg
masbg

@OnlyRemedies @masbg It already came out... Idiot needs to code his spam bot to post on more up to date articles.