Microsoft Surface Pro Release Date Set for Feb. 9

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By Vincent Funaro, Christian Post Reporter
January 23, 2013|1:58 pm

The Microsoft Surface Pro release date is set for Feb. 9.

The tablet was originally supposed to be released this month, but was pushed back to a February launch for the U.S. and Canada.

The Surface Pro will cost $899 for the 64GB model and $999 for the 128GB model. The slate features an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of Ram, and a more robust battery. It also differs from the RT version as it has the ability to run the full version of Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 applications.

Both Surface Pro models will come with a Surface pen. However, the touch or type covers will be sold separately for $100.

Other specifications on the Surface Pro include a 10-inch 1920 x 1080 display, and Wi-Fi only connectivity. It's display falls slightly behind Apple's on the iPad 4, which has a 2048 x 1536 resolution. However, the Surface Pro has four times the RAM of the iPad 4 and higher internal memory options.

The Surface Pro will be available in Microsoft's online store on Feb. 9 and will also be offered through the company's retail outlets along with third party stores such as Staples and Best Buy.

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The Microsoft Surface RT launched last year and features slightly less powerful specifications. It comes with a 10.6-inch display with a 1366 x 786 resolution, a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, Wi-Fi connectivity; 2GB RAM, and runs Windows 8.

It is priced to compete with the iPad Wi-Fi only version costing $499 and comes in two different memory capacities, with both 32GB and 64GB models.

Microsoft is also planning to release a 64GB standalone version of the Surface RT for $599, which will be $100 less than the version that comes with the Touch Cover and other accessories.

 

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