Microsoft Confirms Surface Pro Pricing, Expands Surface RT Availability

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If the limited Surface RT wasn't up to snuff for you, hang tight -- Microsoft's Surface Pro will be on sale soon. The software giant today announced that the Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores,, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada. It'll ship with an Intel Core i5 CPU, and will be available in 64GB and 128GB models. Unlike the RT, this guy will actually run all of your "real" Windows 7 and Windows 8 programs. The issue, of course, is that this agility comes at a cost: the starting tag is a whopping $899.

In addition to being able to buy Surface Windows 8 Pro in the coming weeks, customers will soon be able to purchase Surface Windows RT in 13 additional markets worldwide, more than double the number of markets in which Surface is currently available. Moreover, on the RT front, the Surface RT will soon be available in a 64GB standalone version for $599, while three new Touch Cover Limited Editions in red, magenta and cyan will be sold at an estimated retail price of $129.99.

While the Surface Pro may be the hybrid device that so many avid travelers have been waiting for, will it even be competitive at such a high price point? Guess we'll have wait for those elusive sales figures...
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what's so whopping about $899 for a magnesium i5 WINDOWS (!!!) tablet. I know it is not the perfect Angry birds machine

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Marco C replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 8:28 AM

Agreed. It's an Ivy Bridge-based, Core i5, Ultrabook class system with multi-touch support, a nice design, a stylus, an SSD, etc.

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wil2200 replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 12:06 PM

Intel Graphics though?

AMD or AMD's APU or NVidia please

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scolaner replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 3:20 PM

I think $899 would be a great price if that included all the accessories...

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CDeeter replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 7:32 PM

I think your right, an APU would be a great fit.

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sevags replied on Wed, Jan 23 2013 9:44 PM

I don't see how it's a "whopping" amount. It's like $100-150 more than a compatible ultrabook without a touch screen? The price seems perfect, it's the keyboard covers that are over priced.

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tjlis2004 replied on Fri, Jan 25 2013 11:18 AM

Seems comparable to an ultrabook to me. With the upgrade in storage capacity, Core I5, and a touch screen $900 seems reasonable.

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