Microsoft Surface Pro starts to show up in retail stores days before launch

Microsoft Surface Pro starts to show up in retail stores days before launch
The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is not supposed to go on sale before February 9th, but some retail stores in the U.S. and Canada have already put up displays including the tablet itself. This way, potential buyers can play around with the device and decide if it something that they want to shell out the big bucks to purchase. The Microsoft Surface Pro is priced at $899 for 64GB of storage and 128GB will cost $999. The Pro version of the tablet features a Core i5 Intel  processor under the hood.

Unlike the Microsoft Surface RT which uses an ARM based processor and competes with traditional tablets like the Apple iPad and Android flavored slates, owning the Microsoft Surface Pro is similar to having a mobile version of the desktop  computer in your office. Competition for this version of the Surface comes from laptops and notebooks. Your legacy Windows apps can be installed, which is a good thing considering that while the Surface RT has Word, PowerPoint and Excel pre-installed, those buying the Surface Pro will have to install their own version of Microsoft Office.

It also should be pointed out that at 5 hours, battery life is about half of what is achievable on the Microsoft Surface RT and the Microsoft Surface Pro weighs two pounds, heavier than the RT. Last week, IHS iSuppli estimated that 1.25 million Microsoft Surface RT units were shipped in the fourth quarter, but only 55-60% of those units were sold resulting in actual sales of only 680,000 to 750,00 tablets in the quarter. In addition, the research firm's Rhoda Alexander said that the Microsoft Surface RT was experiencing a high return rate which was blamed on "a steep learning curve of the [Windows 8] OS -- which is not necessarily intuitive."

source: electronista

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Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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10 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

No offense but, don't you guys think that this is the heaviest operating system ever? 64gb of storage and only 25gb available? Exactly how many geeks want that heavy?

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I want it!

3. wendygarett unregistered

No offense as well, but can you kindly replace your avatar into something else? Something healthy tho... Please mate? :)

4. evolutionqy7

Posts: 38; Member since: May 27, 2011

You could always back up the recovery partition onto a USB drive and make use of that space. Do remember that this is Windows and not your iPod OS. It can run pretty much anything you want and its a full portable tablet PC and not a crippled app companion. I do agree its too much, but you have to look at the pro's of that

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

the 64 and 128 GB has a $100 difference. If you feel it's heavy spend a $100 dollar more. If you think it still heavy there are a lot of brands to choose from like Asus transformer book tx300. If you think its heavy buy iOS you'll never get satisfied anyway.

6. prouser

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Are you saying that the Microsoft Surface weight 3.5 pounds? "...Microsoft Surface Pro weighs two more pounds than the RT...." Please double check the fact.

7. prouser

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Are you saying that the Microsoft Surface Pro weight 3.5 pounds? "...Microsoft Surface Pro weighs two more pounds than the RT...." Please double check the fact.

8. Alan01

Posts: 584; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

You are correct. The tablet itself weighs two pounds and is heavier than the RT. Thanks for the heads-up! Alan F.

9. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

i dont like this marketing, its to expensive to get some surface, whit that Price you can buy a pc and got better experience

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

although the Microsoft Surface Pro may not be the cheapest Windows 8 tablet computer. it is the one that will have the best set up for how Microsoft wants windows 8 Pro to work on a Tablet Folks notice it has an Intel I5 cpu so far most reviewers have pointed out that Windows 8 runs great in devices that use Intel i5 or i7 cpu or a good AMD cpu that has the same rating as the inteli5 or i7. intel Atom cpu windows 8 tablets are slower in tests. so if I could I would go buy a windows 8 tablet with an intel i5 or i7 cpu because tests have shown they run Windows 8 very well.

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