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Surface Pro pricing starts at $899

Surface Pro tablets will be available from January 2013

Microsoft has revealed the pricing for its Surface tablets running Windows 8 Pro, which are expected to hit shelves in January 2013.

In a blog post, Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft Surface, confirmed that the prices would be as follows:

  • 64GB standalone version at US$899 (around £560/€693)
  • 128GB standalone version at US$999 (around £622/€770).

On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor, This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType Display

Panos Panay, Microsoft
 
The Touch Cover or Type Cover will both be sold separately.

Panay also explained how the Surface Pro tablets differ from the Surface tablets running Windows RT, which have been available since Windows 8 launched on 26 October.

“On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with Intel’s next generation Core i5 processor,” said Panay. "This chip will give Surface with Windows 8 Pro a graphics boost for its 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display that runs at a 1920x1080 full HD resolution. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port. Its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution.

“And Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input. This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitising technology we’re calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidentally place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed.”

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