When Microsoft unveiled the Surface, its first in-house foray into the tablet market, back in June, it said that it would consist of two versions: a lower-end RT model built on ARM’s architecture, and a Pro model powered by Intel.

The RT version officially launched in October, in 32GB and 64GB flavors priced at $499 and $699 respectively, and has thus far seen modest sales. And last night, Microsoft finally divulged some information about the Surface Pro…

From The Official Microsoft Blog (via CNET):

“Today, I want to share a bit more detail about the growing Surface family of products and Surface with Windows 8 Pro, specifically around pricing. In January, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions and pricing will start at $899:

· 64GB standalone version at $899

· 128GB standalone version at $999

Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately).”

At these price points, the Surface Pro seems more like a netbook or an ultrabook, rather than a tablet. Except it doesn’t come with a keyboard — you can buy one for an extra $100 though — and word is it has just 4 hours of battery life.

Now, you might be asking: who’s going to buy the Surface Pro? Well because of its Intel processor, it will be able to run a number of legacy Windows apps. So I’m guessing that will appeal to a lot of people who want to carry around a single device for “work” and “play.” That’s assuming, though, that the device proves usable in both scenarios.

And Microsoft desperately needs it to. The Surface RT, which has been on the market for over a month now, has received mixed reviews, and doesn’t appear to be selling well. In fact, DigiTimes reports that Microsoft has drastically reduced its orders for the tablet, and is thinking about lowering its price tag.

What does this all mean for Apple and its tablet line? For now, it’s good news. It looks like another iPad competitor has fallen victim to Apple’s hardware design, marketing and app ecosystem. And while you have to give credit to Microsoft for trying something different, it doesn’t seem like the Surface is quite there yet.

What do you think about the Surface Pro? Deal at $900? Or no deal?

  • notewar

    4 hours only? Sigh

  • seyss


  • Tr1pTr0p

    Dat battery life! Screw Intel! Are they even capable of making an efficient portable CPU? Maybe AMD Fusion would’ve been a better choice…

    • It’s not Intel’s fault. It’s Microsoft’s fault for choosing Intel.

  • In my opinion i think surface will turn the tables sooner or later. i5 ivy bridge and 4gb DDR3 ram sounds good to me.And i dont think many laptops last longer than 4 hours on battery.

    • Lonesome

      Who cares about ivy or rams ?! If you going portable so amaze me with portable criterias not a laptop competitor !!! iPad wins.

      • ExRoot

        Yep iPads wins if all you want or need to do is play angry birds and watch netflix. Not Apples to Apples!

      • Lonesome

        Although There are more complicated things to do with iPad than u mentioned, But the most powerful thing about Apple is , it’s really know what the user wants and it gives him the right gadget for it, Surface Pro is still on tablet boundaries and for me if i want to do more complicated/enterprise tasks i will not think for touch and 10 inch. Device i will go for a laptop instead don’t mix. Things….

      • MS is very dumb all they had to do want take a net book add a touch screen and make the key board detachable..lol

      • ipad wins cause it does not try o be a computer then fail..llol

      • The iPad is only equal to the Surface RT, which the RT can do allot more, and give you more options. All are ultimately geared at making you shop online, rent/buy media service, and storage capacity in the Cloud. There are some people that have a good experience with the RT, and some not so good. If you want to find something wrong in a device, you will. Surface Pro competes with the Ultrabooks/Tablet form factor, because they are slim, powerful, and light weight. The Laptop is not an Ultrabook, because of it’s bulkiness, and weight. I have a 17″ HP laptop, but it is too bulky to lug around, without requiring my large carrying case in tow. 4 hours for a full PC in tablet form device seems decent, but bring your cable, always. The true tablets can get 8 or more because of their weaker CPU chip, thus the true tablets like the RT, iPad, and etc.. It all boils down to what do you want to use these devices for? Power or Play, because the RT was design for the in between, sort of. iPad designed for mostly play, because Apple won’t allow more media and file access options. I like to have access to more than just pictures. To each his own. I have an iPad2 because I won it.

      • surface RT sucks at being a tablet and at being a computer

      • I care

      • Its the most portable “laptop” whic is by far faster with more capabilities like on a normal laptop.THINGS that an IPAD CANNOT do. But as said,it all boils down to what you want to do with a tablet.If only you want is play games you are being anyhow screwed by apple paying that much money for playing games and surfing the web.I,myself got an ipad 3 and sold it because of the limited things you can actually do on it. App store is really limited compared to windows “store” which by the way is the 90% of applications found in the internet. Which oh wait is like 1 gazillion in front of the IPAD. Get over it apple fanboys.

  • Tom Canuck

    I’d rather spend the $1,000 on a laptop…

    • shar

      why does it have to be this expensive?

      • capitalism

      • shar

        I was thinking to buy one the first day it comes out, but now I am not sure it will be worth the money! they are probably following apples mentality of having >50% profit margin on each device!

      • organicblack

        Why do you and your parents get paid so much?

      • shar

        not everyone here is spending their parents money (Ahem :-/), and not everyone here is earning as much! and given this kind of comment can only come from US, not everyone lives in the US!!!

    • my mac book pro was $1200 and blows away all tablets

    • it IS a freakin laptop

      • Damian W

        it is something between tablet and laptop.

      • SimonOrJ

        Everything nowadays are between tablet and laptop

      • ReanimationXP

        Uh, actually they’re pretty distinct.

    • organicblack

      It is a laptop. You can run any app on Surface Pro that you can round on a laptop.

  • Pratik Panchal

    It would be a deal as it has got Intel inside and most laptops don’t run more than 4 hours on heavy use

    • my mack book pro runs 8 hours using photoshop and the web

      • Pratik Panchal

        but a macbook costs much more than a surface pro…im not saying that ill buy surface but its just good for those who want a tablet type laptop…

  • M Last

    for Microsoft 4 hours is big deal!

    what are you talking about? 240 minutes you can use it, it’s amazing ! :)LOL

    Microsoft = waste money

    • Shadowlink

      Considering my macbook lasts about the same time and the surface is an ACTUAL computer you are just a stupid fanboy. Just wait until apple tries to pull this off people will all over it like omg this is so amazing this is the best thing ever made ever!!

    • Tr1pTr0p

      Only in your isolated ignorant Apple bubble is this Microsoft’s fault. Surface RT has 8 hour battery life, but as soon as you slam in desktop components, battery life cuts in half.

      Hmm. Well yeah, what an obvious Microsoft fail! /sarcasm

    • ZUUN all over again

  • if it drops to around $600 or $700 i’d buy one, $700 should come with a free Type Cover.

    • dont worry these things will be on discount shelves very soon…lololol

  • Spring

    $499 with the keyboard I’d consider for the pro version other than that ill keep my laptop and iphone

  • No deal I rather spend an extra $200-300 and get me a MacBook or iMac

  • ExRoot

    What are you guys talking about when you say iPad wins? We are talking about a full fledged usable device vs a ‘media consumption’ device which is also what the RT version is.

    • Lonesome

      Yes iPad wins, what should i do with a powerful device with the tablet form factor, Do you expect me to leave Desktop or a Laptop in tasks like photo/video editing or play big games in big screens for a tablet !!! I didn’t mentioned enterprise tasks here.

    • Shadowlink

      Ikr some people are completely clueless i for one will be buying one of these as soon as i have the cash lol.

    • but rt and pro suck..

      • Bieberkinz

        You’re always a downer to everything. You don’t even follow the Fanboy or Causal Fan rules…. How does this suck? 4 Hours Life sucks, but the chance to play Happy wheels on Firefox with Counter Strike installed on this tablet like thing is cool.

      • “You don’t even follow the Fanboy or Causal Fan rules…” hahahahahahhahahaahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahhahahahahahaahhahahahahaha

  • Jonathan Jaimes

    I would buy the pro beacuse I don’t like to carry heavy stuff in my bag pack and plus it runs full versions of microsoft office what the iPad can’t do.

    • at that price point a mac book air would be you best choice..

  • Laptop instead, this is kind of expensive.

  • RIConcernedCitizen

    $900 with only 4 hours of battery life and no LTE connectivity will be an amazingly difficult sell. The only way I see it having any potential at that price is if it is sleeker (I.e. thinner and lighter) than anything else currently on the market and I don’t see that as likely. Too bad, because I wanted to get one. I think minimum battery life has to be at least 6 hours and the price needs to drop about $200 before I can see it selling well.

  • Tardroid

    piece of crap just like RT

  • f1ght3r

    I’d rather spend the money on macbook air. I cannot STAND windows.

  • Dan

    If this thing can run regular windows programs, then it might be a game changer, If not, iPad has nothing to fear imo.

    • im sure it will run condensed versions of office apps…lol which is better than nothing… the rt version should not even exist

  • The surface is a mini laptop dont forget that

    • Yao.ming

      Bitch please? Again.

  • the surface is failing… the base model is crap and the pro model is too expensive and will not last long

  • what the consumer wants is a mac book air with a touch screen and detachable keyboard .. thats it the perfect tablet…. game over… but no one will make that cause it to damn obvious

  • Damian W

    wow, it is actually more expensive than ipad. I used to be annoyed with Apple prices but now I see it could be worse. I rather buy the sleek looking laptop for 1000 bucks, nowadays the laptops look really beautiful.

  • Damian W

    I think the price might be something that will destroy Surface. This was the case with HP Touchpad, nobody wanted it at the regular price, but once it was sold for 200 bucks, it was the best selling tablet ahead of iPad. R.I.P HP Touchpad and amazing WebOS.

  • David Villamizar

    sony hybrid is better than this and is a lot cheaper

  • Doesn’t come with the keyboard at $1000? That’s saddening, will still buy it for $1100.

  • Singularity19

    More expensive than an iPad .-.

  • Aliasgar

    People buy surface so that they can use the pre windows 8 apps on a tablet…. If they sell RT, no one’s gonna buy it… They should also sell for a cheaper price, even going in loss is profitable on a long run… I was so excited about the surface but windows RT killed it off….

  • Aliasgar

    People buy surface so that they can use the pre windows 8 apps on a tablet…. If they sell RT, no one’s gonna buy it… They should also sell for a cheaper price, even going in loss is profitable on a long run… I was so excited about the surface but windows RT killed it off…. :l