Finally, Microsoft announces the availability of the Microsoft Surface Pro. It will be available from the 9th of February 2013 starting from US$899. I am not sure which market will be able to get hold of this device.
For the uninitiated, the biggest difference between Surface RT and Surface Pro is that Surface Pro is running on a full Windows 8 Pro version while the former is running on Windows RT. With Windows 8 Pro, the Surface Pro is able to run legacy software that is on Windows 7. This is really what sets apart other tablets like iPad or Android tablets.
Check out the video.
And here is the specifications.
|OS||Runs current Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with your existing enterprise management infrastructure. Use the programs and the apps available in the Windows Store.|
|Exterior||10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53in
Dark Titanium color
Volume and Power buttons
*System software uses significant storage space. Available storage is subject to change based on system software updates and apps usage.
1 GB = 1 billion bytes. See Surface.com/storage for more details.
|Display||10.6″ ClearType Full HD Display
|Pen Input||Pen input and pen (included with purchase)|
|CPU||3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB RAM—Dual Channel Memory
Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology
|Cameras and A/V||Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing with TruColor
|Ports||Full-size USB 3.0
microSDXC card slot
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor
|Power Supply||48W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Apps (included)||Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.|
I hope that if Microsoft is thinking to build a 2nd gen for this product, please include cellular support (preferably with LTE) and a better rear camera. Super disappointed that it does not even come with any SIM card slot (but plus point is the extra USB port on the charger which was not mentioned before). And if they want the sales to increase, they should open up to more markets.