The bigger sibling of Microsoft’s Surface RT, the Surface Pro, will be hitting the shelves in January starting at a price of $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version, Microsoft announced in a blog post today. The Surface had been showed to the press way back in June, with the RT version of the tablet going on sale just a month back.
The Surface Pro, unlike the Surface RT, is powered by an Intel Core i5 chip, which means that it runs the full-fledged Windows 8 OS, supporting the wide array of apps available that were developed for earlier versions of Windows. The added functionality comes at a cost though — the Surface Pro is much bulkier than the Suface RT, weighing half a pound extra and measuring 13.5mm thick, an increase of 43 percent.
Microsoft’s strategy of offering a no-compromise desktop and tablet experience is best represented by this x86 based device, which is why it’s strange that the pricing doesn’t include a Touch Cover or a Type Cover keyboard. The devices will include a Surface Pen in the box, which is for some reason being positioned as a “pro” feature.
Here are the Surface Pro’s specs:
- Intel Core i5 with HD4000 Graphics
- 10.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels
- 4GB memory
- 42 Wh battery
- Wi-Fi (No LTE)
- 13.5mm thickness,2 pounds weight
- USB 3.0 port, Mini Display port
- 64GB $899, 128GB $999 with an additional $120 or $130 for the Touch or Type Cover keybaords
The fully featured Surface Pro is meant to compete with Ultrabooks, which is why it is important to note that the the 64GB Surface Pro variant along with the Touch Cover will cost slightly more than a the base model of the 11″ MacBook Air. The Surface team says that the Pro version will have half the battery life of the Surface RT, which comes at around 3.5 to 4 hours as compared to the MacBook Air’s advertised 5 hours.
For most people the choice will boil down to their personal preference for OS X or Windows, although you do have a lot of decision making to do if you’re in the market for a Windows 8 device.
If you were in the market to buy a Windows 8 device, would you go in for the Surface Pro? Does the addition of a touchscreen make the Surface Pro better than the MacBook Air for your usage purposes?