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Initial post: Nov 29, 2012 10:49:18 AM PST
Ugh...

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Microsoft's first venture into the hardware business, the Surface RT, launched to mixed reviews last month. But for many observers it was only the warm-up act anyway.

Today, Microsoft released more details about its headline act: the upcoming Surface device with Windows 8 Pro.

The new Surface will debut in two editions in the United States and Canada: one with 64 GB of storage, priced at $899, a second with 128 GB for $999. Each model comes with a Surface pen but does not include Touch Cover or Type Cover add-ons ($120 and $130, respectively).

Surface General Manager Panos Panay also revealed additional specs for the Intel-powered device, which is capable of running the full spectrum of Windows desktop programs in addition to Windows Store apps:

Core i5 processor (clock speed not specified)
10.6" 9 ClearType with 1920x1080 full HD resolution
Full digitizer and ink support with Palm Block technology
Full-size USB 3.0 port
Mini DisplayPort (can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 resolution)

According to Panay, the Surface Pro will weigh "less than two pounds" and be less than 14 millimeters thick.

Presumably, the devices will continue to be sold exclusively through Microsoft's brick-and-mortar stores and its online Microsoft Store.

Microsoft's announcement didn't include pricing or distribution information for markets other than the United States and Canada. The company also remains mum on the actual on-sale date, although Microsoft's Tami Reller, the Chief Marketing and Financial Officer for Windows, announced earlier this week that the Surface Pro will be available in January 2013. At the initial unveiling of Surface last September, Microsoft said Surface Pro would arrive approximately 90 days after the General Availability of Windows 8, which would put it in late January.

The more powerful processor and higher-resolution display, along with full support for Windows desktop programs, should alleviate many of the concerns of early adopters who rejected the Surface RT. What's still unknown (and conspicuously absent from the new published specs) is battery life. It's unlikely that the Surface Pro can deliver all-day battery life in such a small package. We'll have to see how long it does last.



http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-announces-pricing-and-detailed-specs-for-surface-pro-7000008102/

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:50:14 AM PST
Is it bad I was expecting $1,299 from MS?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 10:51:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 10:51:59 AM PST
I wasn't expecting $900/1000 for sure. I thought since the Surface RT was so inexpensive that the Pro wouldn't come with too big a price hike.

And unlike the RT, this one doesn't even come with a keyboard.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:53:55 AM PST
$1,000 and it doesn't come with the cover? Le sigh.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:54:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 1:01:01 PM PST
got mayo?™ says:
OK...

We just got my mom one of these for her birthday, with an i5, touch screen, Win 8 ...$550

Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642 15.6-Inch Touch Screen Laptop (1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 8) Silky Silver

I'm sure i want an Ultrabook /or Lenovo convertible tablet now, not some 11" tablet given that price. I know SSD's are pricey and the USB 3.0 is a nice touch for a portable expansion, but damn.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:54:42 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Wow, I didn't think that MS would make Apple look like a bargain.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 11:17:15 AM PST
We could almost buy our own ship for that.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 11:19:40 AM PST
A thousand bucks for a tablet. haha.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 11:20:54 AM PST
Yeah but who's gonna fly it kid, you?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 11:22:30 AM PST
You bet I could...with clippy's help.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:12:19 PM PST
Sony has been woefully underpricing their tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:30:13 PM PST
Sony has tablets?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:32:16 PM PST
User says:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_n_3?rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A541966%2Cp_4%3ASony%2Cn%3A1232597011&bbn=541966&ie=UTF8&qid=1354221124&rnid=541966

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:32:32 PM PST
Sony Xperia 32 GB 9.4-Inch Tablet S SGPT122US/S

They're actually pretty cool. I think you can control your TV with it if you have a Sony TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:33:44 PM PST
That looks nice, but I'd rather keep my iPad3

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:50:17 PM PST
I will also be keeping my iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:53:26 PM PST
No, they haven't. They have an awesome Windows 8 tablet that's like $1600. :(

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:27:06 AM PST
Lol @ those price points.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:37:35 AM PST
M. McFly says:
Assuming they are going after corporate/business? Who the F is going to pass on an ipad for personal use at these prices??

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:03:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 8:05:07 AM PST
klopas says:
I still want one... ugh!

The real deal breaker is that they're not including either a Touch or Type cover. I'd drop $1k if it came with the addons. It's incredibly shiesty that neither are included.

Edit: I'll wait on this and if it sells poorly, swoop in for some clearance sales.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:07:50 AM PST
Mel says:
$1000 for a computer?!?
1995 called, they want their pricing back M$

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:12:44 AM PST
"Presumably, the devices will continue to be sold exclusively through Microsoft's brick-and-mortar stores and its online Microsoft Store."

Fail
Q: Your trying to break into a market competing with Iconic hardware that is priced under you then what do you do.
A: price it higher than the competition and make it as invisible to consumers as possible. Seriously if they want this to compete with apple they should have a display sitting in wallmart with a keyboard (which should come with it) attached running full office software, so people can see why they should care about this device they never heard of.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:14:42 AM PST
Mel says:
no, stupid commercials with dubstep and lots of tablets will sell them better.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:18:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 9:17:20 AM PST
Ice King says:
You mean people don't want to pay $1,000 for something they've barely heard of that you can only get at stores that have very few locations outside of major cities?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 8:58:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 6, 2012 9:13:24 AM PST
I dont know why MS seems to be under the impression that people have been just sitting around waiting for them to make a tablet. I think this great hardware. its a much better tablet than an ipad, but ipad is the defacto tablet on the market. microsoft needs to diferentiate themselves and they cant do that hiding this thing behind a web browser, or a corperate store that most Americans have never heard of.
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