Microsoft’s Surface Pro to land on February 9 with $899 price tag

By , Jan 22, 2013

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After a bit of a delay, Microsoft today announced launch details for its new Surface Pro tablet. The device will become available for purchase on February 9, and will run $899 for the entry-level 64GB model.

The Pro’s release comes more than three months after its less-capable sibling, the Surface RT. And with reports suggesting that it didn’t do so well over the holidays, Microsoft is hoping the Pro will be a hit…

From Microsoft’s press release:

“Microsoft Corp. today announced that its Surface family of PCs is growing. Its newest model — Surface Windows 8 Pro — will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada.”

Essentially, Microsoft is pitching the Surface Pro as a laptop/tablet replacement. It has a Core i5 processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM and a 1920×1080 full HD display. It also runs Microsoft’s full Windows 8 software.

But the Pro also comes with a few caveats (or trade-offs). For starters, it’s expensive—even for a touchscreen laptop. It’s also thicker and heavier than most tablets. And at just 5 hours, it has far worse battery life.

It’ll be interesting to see how Microsoft fairs with the new Surface. Folks have long been calling for Apple to make a Macbook Air-iPad hybrid. But Tim Cook rebuffed the idea, likening it to a refrigerator-toaster.

So, who’s planning on getting a Surface Pro?

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  • FrankensteinBlack

    Soldilocks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    FAIL… this is another Zuun… ll $800 for this????? hahahah fro $999 you can have a mac book air.. only a fool would buy a surface..

    • SimonOrJ

      You just made me a future fool.

    • YoJohn

      Please shut up.

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      True Story…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001541218036 Richard Johnson

    Epic fail on Microsoft’s part. I would give $600, tops. For god’s sake, that’s a laptop without a keyboard rather than a tablet. With that battery life you might as well get a high-end PC. And with 64GB of storage you are very limited, so that full Windows 8 will be not be as successful as they hoped it to be since you can’t either download or play games. That device is a worthless piece of junk.

    • Hyr3m

      I think there’s a few things you haven’t really grasped…

      – 64 GB is the entry-level storage size, other ones will be bigger

      – It has a fucking USB port and microSD slot, that means potentially “unlimited” storage.

      – The name is “Surface Pro”; what part of “professional” makes you think “gaming” ? You could run any game thats run on any tablet right now, This “piece of junk” is more powerful than any other tablet on the market, it has a real operating system and comes with Microsoft Office.

      I’ll admit however that it might be a bit overpriced but honestly, Apple is to blame for that trend. Also, just look at the price tags of Win8 and Office… They’re not just giving you a toy with a cellphone’s operating system like Apple is.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Uhm, correction, it doesn’t officially come with Microsoft Office, but you can easily find that on the internet and install the full version like you would on a your regular desktop PC.

      • Hyr3m

        Ouch ^^ it is a bit expensive then… They shouldn’t try to play Apple’s overpricing game…

  • Dan

    Almost looks interesting… Seems too thick and unwieldy though, and way too expensive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/liamsagooch Liam Googolplex Merlyn

    If their first one failed so miserably, what makes Microsoft think this one will be any better at twice the price?

    • Hyr3m

      The RT was a toy like the iPad is (only much better…).

      This is a computer. Most people waited for the Pro because they didn’t want a toy… If anything, Microsoft was wrong to make RT in the first place; they must have assumed Apple users’ stupidity was contagious and thought it’s now the norm to sell overpriced useless toys disguised as pseudo-computers…

  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    Microsoft Logic: if we make it 800 dollars, the peoples will thinks its high quality and buys it!!

    APPROVED!

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      LOL, you just described Apple’s everyday high price business strategy.

    • Hyr3m

      Microsoft Logic: If Apple can get away by selling toys for twice their worth, maybe we can dare to sell a product ten times better for a similar price.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Man that price tag is way to high. You can buy a Windows 8 laptop with touch screen cheaper. Has cheap had 400. Microsoft doesn’t make any sense charging this much for a tablet.

    • Hyr3m

      3 things explain the price tag : Miniaturization, Microsoft Office and Apple is comparatively more expensive.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        All I’m saying is for this has a starting price is unreal. Like I said before you can buy a Windows 8 laptop with Touch Screen for less.

      • Hyr3m

        Wont be as small as this and wont have the “tablet-form-factor”… unless you’re considering a Lenovo Yoga (and even so… still bigger). In its size and shape, the surface pro is one of the most powerful things out there.

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Definitely grabbing one; already got the TypeCover. They’ll probably fix the battery life in a next gen release that comes with Intel’s Haswell generation of processors.

    Though, to wait that longer for an improved battery over one that already lasts over 3 times longer than my current high performance mobile PC is just not gonna happen. Been prepping to use such all-in-one device for final year of university, work, business and off-course everyday entertainment. The surface pro fits just right and as I am 75% of the time around an electrical outlet, I wouldn’t have any problem managing the battery for day-to-day use like I already do with my PC.

    Sure can’t wait :D

    • Hyr3m

      Finally someone with a bit of common sense ^^

  • http://twitter.com/msxy22 Msxy

    what can make it better is 3g and i7 something like http://asia.cnet.com/product/asus-transformer-book-core-i7-3517u-processor-1-9ghz-4gb-ram-46728391.htm but that don’t have 3g. what do you think ? with that and a low price we can say good bye ipad :p

  • EpicFacepalm

    I would rather look for other brands such as Asus, Acer etc.

  • jescott418

    The big negative is price vs features. The real problem is NOT the Surface as hardware. But Microsoft trying to make a hybrid OS that runs on tablets and PC’s. That is the true failure of this whole thing.