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Microsoft to Launch Surface Pro in January Starting at $899

Its been more than a month since the launch of Microsoft Surface RT tablet and the response has not been that great. Though Surface RT is a great tablet featuring precisely designed hardware and latest Windows RT OS. Microsoft has announced an addition to the Surface family earlier this week, the Surface Pro with Windows 8. It is expected to launch in January next year and will be fully compatible with Windows 7 desktop applications.

Although the response for Surface RT is extremely good piece of hardware but we can’t deny the fact that it faced some negative criticism due to low storage space available after the installation of the OS and the Windows RT itself. However, at the same time Microsoft Windows 8 sales are touching sky high, over 40 million copies sold in a month which is more than the first month sales of Windows 7.

  

So with Surface Pro, Microsoft combines the great design of Surface RT with a widely adopted OS. It will be equipped with an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, a 10.6-inch 16:9 10-point multi-touch clear type display featuring a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), 4GB dual channel memory, a full-size USB 3.0 port and a mini DisplayPort which is capable of delivering an external display of up to 2560 x 1440. Surface Pro will also support Pen input which is an excellent feature with the added advantage of ‘Palm Block’, which means if you accidently put your palm on the tablet while using the Pen then your typing won’t be affected. Everything else is similar to the already released Surface RT apart from the fact that it’ll be a tad bit thicker and heaver as compared to its younger bother.

Price and Availability:
Microsoft Surface Pro will be avaiable in two versions:

  •  64GB standalone version costing $899
  • 128GB standalone version costing $999

Both versions will include a Surface Pen with Palm Block feature, and will support Microsoft’s unique Touch Cover (sold Separately). It is expected to be available in January 2013.

Source: Microsoft

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