Another blog for my technological friends out there. The other big moment I have been waiting for this year is the arrival of the Microsoft Surface Pro. It will be the next big thing in laptops. In a nutshell, it takes the previously release Microsoft Surface running Windows 8 RT on and ARM chip and beefs it up with an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, up to 128GB SSD, Intel HD 4000 graphics…… It is the size of the iPad, runs a full OS AND weighs less than 1kg!!
It may not have “arrived” yet, but the pricing has been revealed and my hunches were correct. I had previously bet with work colleagues that I would be able to get the Microsoft Surface Pro with 128GB SSD and touch cover for starting price of $US1200…. I was wrong, but in the best way. Turns out that to get the Surface Pro that I want, its gonna cost me $US1119 – WIN!!!
Dates for the release in Australia are unknown, but I will get my hands on one… come hell-or-high-water. Below is an excerpt from a blog post by Panos Panay (General Manager of Microsoft Surface). I reckon the sales would have been through the roof if they had made it in time for Christmas… but oh well. Enjoy the read.
It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market. The response from Surface customers has been fantastic and exciting to see. In addition to sharing the terrific results that Microsoft is seeing with Windows 8 at a technology conference earlier this week, we also announced that Surface with Windows 8 Pro would be available in January 2013.
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).
Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand.
However, it also has some differences.
On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s third generation Core i5 processor. This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920×1080 full HD resolution. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. And, as I mentioned above, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input. This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitizing technology we’re calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed.
Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run your current Windows 7 desktop applications – it’s a full PC AND a tablet.
And all this in a PC that will weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick.
Read the article on The Official Microsoft Blog.
- Surface with Windows 8 Pro – Pricing (blogs.technet.com)