Surface Windows 8 Pro launches February 9 for 899

first_imgMicrosoft has confirmed that the Surface Windows 8 Pro (usually known as the Surface Pro) will be available to purchase on February 9. The tablet — which, unlike the Surface RT, is actually a full-fledged laptop — will be available across the US and Canada initially through a range of stores including Staples, Best Buy, Future Shop, and of course Microsoft’s own stores and online. As for price, you’ll pay the expected $899 for the 64GB model, and $999 for the 128GB model.The Surface Windows 8 Pro is by no means cheap, but you are getting laptop components in a tablet form-factor. The Surface Pro is powered by an Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor with Intel’s latest HD 4000 graphics and coupled with 4GB RAM. The display is a 10.6-inch 16:9 panel capable of a 1920×1080 resolution and 10-point multitouch.Other features include two 720p HD Lifecams, a USB 3.0 port, microSDXC, mini DisplayPort, headphone jack, stereo speakers, cover port, microphone, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and support for Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n. Powering the unit is a 42W-h battery. The battery life of which has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to only manage 4.5 hours.Microsoft has managed to cram the components into a dark titanium-colored VaporMg case that measures 275 x 173 x 13.5 mm. The Pro ships with a kickstand for hands-free use, and Microsoft has seen fit to include a Surface pen as standard, allowing you to write directly on the screen and keep the touchscreen fingerprint-free.The big advantage the Surface Windows 8 Pro has over the Surface RT Best Price at Amazon is its ability to run standard Windows desktop apps. When combined with a Touch Cover the Pro can effectively replace a Windows 8 laptop in terms of functionality. And to support that Microsoft has announced three new Limited Edition Touch Covers in red, magenta, and cyan that will add a further $129.99 to your spend.If you’re interested in picking up a Pro outside of the US and Canada, you’re going to have to wait a while. Microsoft says 13 other markets will be getting the Surface RT soon, but hasn’t confirmed those locations yet. The launch of the Pro elsewhere will most likely come down to production, and how much stock Microsoft has to spare after the initial launch.last_img

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