Microsoft Surface Pro to launch in U.S. and Canada on February 9th starting at $899
0. phoneArena 22 Jan 2013, 16:05 posted on
Microsoft has announced that the "Pro" version of its Microsoft Surface tablet will launch in the U.S. and in Canada on February 9th, with prices starting at $899 for a 64GB version of the slate; unlike the Surface RT which is powered by an ARM supported processor, the Microsoft Surface Pro has an Intel Core i5 under the hood and ships with Windows 8 installed...
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1. aco96 (Posts: 240; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
This is an awesome device, but MS should lower the price
6. devildlm1 (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
I agree. For that price, they should at least throw in the cover!
15. joey_sfb (Posts: 5741; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
No a bit surprise on its pricing. Microsoft's bill gate stand on stage with a windows xp tablet edition in the year 2001.
Acer was the first to manufacturer the windows xp tablet and request M$ to lower the licensing fee. $200US per copy is too much. M$ refuse of course.
That's why i surprise there are microsoft fanboy around. I not a fanboy because i paid a lot for their product and services.
22. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
Agreed for that price you could just get a touchscreen windows 8 laptop
23. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Why? It is a full fledged tablet PC with an i5 processor onboard.
The Surface is a lot more useful than the ipad or any android tablet currently on the market, so I think the price justified
29. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
surface price seems hig but reasonable maybe but for keyboard covers its way too much over priced 100$+ for keyboard cover its extortionate when it costs them 10$
27. btbotimtim (Posts: 184; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
I would purchase LG tab book. In US$, it is about 800 - 900.
2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
In my opinion, at the moment it is the best tablet!
11. carlosechev07 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
It's more laptop than tablet.. I think it will suffer the same way laptops right now.. slower sales and canibalized for pure tablets form factors..
13. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Dilemma, laptops are turning into tablets or tablets are turning into laptops?! :D
3. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
I tried sony vaio dou 11. Its too heavy to be in a tablet form.. But this surface pro looks great, in tablet or laptop form
4. shamataa (Posts: 215; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
My god this way too much. You can get a netbook or thin laptop for better price and specs for that price. First Apple now this so called company. NOT every one is bloody rich for f**k sakes. plain and simple. People in MS need to lower that price otherwise it will not go anywhere and you will waste your time and money. What has this world goes into these days. I would rather get a nexus 10 or 7 and be better off.
8. GhettoSquid (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
You can certainly get a cheaper or more powerful notebooks than this, but as far as a two pound, 10" tablet with a low voltage Core i3/i5 processor goes, this is one of the cheaper ones. The immediate competitors for this category is the Samsung Series 7 for $1200 and the Acer W700 for the low side at $800. Given what the Surface Pro has or doesn't have, it's priced correctly.
The Nexus 7 and 10 are great devices, but in terms of capabilities and processing power, the Surface Pro would tear them a new one.
5. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Might as well buy a laptop for that price
9. pfroo40 (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)
OK, buy a decent i5 laptop for $600 and buy a good 10" tablet with 64GB for $700.
$1300 for both, or $900 for a Surface Pro?
Or, buy an ultrabook with equal specs and still pay $900+ just for that alone.
14. carlosechev07 (Posts: 39; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Surface Pro is a laptop with the keyboard, the real price is $1030.. I think is a lor expensive to be marketed as a tablet..
10. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
What a laptop has over this?
This IS a laptop, when you pair a keyboard in
12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
2 lbs is giving me a bit of heartburn. I would pay $1,500 if the weight came in at 1 lb and the rest of the specs remained unchanged.
16. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
OUCH on the price tag. I'd rather use that money to buy a ultrabook or a high end laptop
17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
This also will be a moderate failure because of price :)
18. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Wow @ the price. Should include the cover/ keyboard to.
20. lyndon420 (Posts: 4364; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I wouldn't mind trying it out. The price needs to come way down before that's gonna happen though.
21. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I actually purchased a copy of Windows 8 Pro for my laptop the other day (so glad to ditch that pile of crap ubuntu). It does have a slight learning curve but I'm sure the software will improve over time as "desktop" mode slowly becomes less relevant.
25. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4180; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
I'm having the opposite experience with windows8. At this point I'm thinking of picking up a copy of win7 & loading it up. The way its setup it hamstrings everything (for me at least).
I went to play a video the other day. I wanted to stream it to my laptop and send it to my tv over the hdmi output. I could play the video in desktop mode, but they don't allow hdmi out for video in desktop mode. No problem, I'll switch to tile mode and do it that way, right? Nope, in tile mode it won't stream the video. So I go back to my old Vista laptop and try the same scenario that I first tried. Works fine. So to give users the same experience as if they had their phones, they've actually limited the functionality from previous iterations. I should've followed the old rule (every other release of windows is the one to get, ie win98, XP, win7, etc.)
26. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I'm sure Microsoft have plans to ditch the desktop completely, but the timing isn't right.
24. papss (unregistered)
I've been waiting for this...i didn't want the RT but this is a completely different beast. I'll be getting this on day one
28. smallworld (Posts: 484; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop. Flop.