Microsoft Surface Pro to price at $899 and up; tablet to launch in January
0. phoneArena 29 Nov 2012, 13:58 posted on
The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet will launch this January with pricing starting at $899 according to Microsoft; in addition, each tablet will come with a Surface pen that uses the Palm Block technology and supports both the Touch Cover and Type Cover...
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1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
The tablet space is about to get a little more interesting.
11. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Great device, but I was hoping it would start about $100-200 lower. Well, honestly I was hoping it would be about $100 more than the Surface RT, but I knew that wouldn't happen. So /realistically/ I was hoping for $100-200 lower.
That said, still a good price. Same range as an Ultrabook, with a touchscreen, and great weight and size. Really shows off how much the mac computers are overpriced, and they don't even have (nor will they soon, more than likely) touchscreeens.
16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
It is just a matter of time before the Mac computers get touch screens. Maybe the Surface Pro pushes Apple to include touch screens in the MB Air in the next refresh?
Anyhows, it is a matter of when, not whether.
23. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
I would love it if a Retina Macbook Pro had a hinge that goes all the way around and a touchscreen. That would an amazing tablet.
27. wendygarett (unregistered)
But dat price!!! Omg!!! I'll stick back to the rt version, poor me :(
34. DerryAhmad (Posts: 278; Member since: 05 May 2012)
Indeed. But with that price? It's waay too expensive for a tablet.
I think the Surface Pro should be considered as an ultra computer rather than a tablet. Then, it looks more appealing. At $1028 (Surface+Type cover), it indeed falls into the ultraPC category price.
38. MeoCao (unregistered)
This "tablet" with 4hrs battery life, very heavy will not compete with "normal tablets".
This is a laptop in disguise.
2. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
899? Expect failure like RT we anticipated.......
Microsoft has just decreased orders of RT...... when do you learn and sack all the management?
19. JC557 (Posts: 1552; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Why a failure? It's meant to be more than just a regular tablet, essentially a full PC in tablet form that's optimized for the platform yet cheaper than a MacBook Air. RT is still just as useful, productivity-wise, as any other tablet OS currently available.
28. wendygarett (unregistered)
Rt version compete ios
Pro version compete mountain lion
Did you get the picture?
30. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
If Apple did this, they'd be in the same league as Microsoft because frankly, Mountain Lion is awesome. I'm starting to really like Mac computers.
32. wendygarett (unregistered)
Yeah osx is awesome, but I started to get bored now lol
3. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
It's actually somewhat cheaper than the competition. The macbook air costs $999 but comes with 64GB RAM. Still, we bash apple for being way too expensive when microsoft is barging on their territory.
9. Commentator (Posts: 3705; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
64 GB RAM would be nice! The Surface Pro has virtually the exact same internals as the basic Air, plus a better screen.
43. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
Actually, it has more storage space, and i meant 64 GB ssd capacity, it actually has 4 GB RAM, my apologies :P Still, I truly despise windows 8, I was a huge fan of windows 7 back in the day, but right now it's pretty boring. I wanted a decent and portable laptop, quick boot-up (maximum 15 seconds to go from completely switched off to 5 tabs on my browser) an awesome keyboard and trackpad. I went for a mac and I have come across some frustrations, but nothing that made me regret my decision. This is coming from a windows 7 enthusiast. I still use my windows 7 gaming rig for what it's built for and I have absolutely no intention of getting windows 8. I also have a samsung GALAXY Note and the only phone I'd get over this one would be the Note II.
13. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
lol, 64GB of RAM.... derp! RAM =/= hard drive capacity
42. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
LOL my bad xD I know what I'm talking about :P 4 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD storage
4. darthinvader (Posts: 63; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
Looks good to me.. Finally there is something that can replace my laptop..
26. JC557 (Posts: 1552; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
Personally I'll be waiting for the Lenovo Think lineup (not the IdeaPad junk) as I've had nothing but praise for the Thinkpads I've used over the years.
Still will take a good look at MS's Surface Pro offerings come next year since the Zune HD left a really good impression on me.
5. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Overpriced, anyone can obtain a better PC with dedicated graphics instead of that crappy lowly clocked dual core i5 with that underpowered HD4000 graphics.. Msft is adopting Apple's way of marketing with exaggerated prices..
8. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
is MACbooks not overpriced considering nothing but standard laptops and pricing over 1000$ and this is atleast giving more in return for less price then s**ty macbooks
14. xtroid2k (Posts: 521; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
what your forgetting is that apple sells a tablet which runs a watered down OS with limited capabilities. This is not only a tablet, its a full pc with full capabilities. So in my opinion MSFT just out did apple by not only doing one better customers will eventually see more value in the surface.
6. twens (Posts: 979; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
So finally its coming. I sold and saved the money I got from my iPad 3 just to wait for this beauty. Now I can have a tablet and a PC all in one. I just love technology. Thank you Microsoft. I have been dreaming of this from the 1st day I heard about the OG iPad.
7. bntran0410 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)
I think people make the mistake in comparing it to other tablets when in fact it should be compared to an ultrabook or macbook air with a touchscreen. Pricing looks reasonable to me.
17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yeah.... More opportunity to buy toys. :-)
12. Johnnokia (Posts: 1096; Member since: 27 May 2012)
I would buy HP Envy X2 or Asus Vivo Tab... They are Windows 8 tablet PC and cheaper.
15. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Which is a great thing about WIndows: choice. This is essentially MIcrosoft's Nexus tablet: built and priced how they want it as a benchmark, and let the other OEMs do their own thing.