One month ago, Microsoft raised the curtain on its Surface with Windows RT and impressed the tech community with an offering that has been well received by many in the short time the tablet has been on the scene. Now, Microsoft is ready for another big push.
Wasting none of this established momentum, Microsoft said this week that it will launch Surface with Windows 8 Pro this coming January. Today on the official Microsoft Blog, pricing details finally accompanied the touted release of the Surface Pro tablet.
Here's what we can tell you. The 64GB standalone version will be priced at $899. The 128GB standalone version will, naturally, cost more and come with a price tag set at $999. Microsoft says that both versions come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and "include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover" - but those are still sold separately.
Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand.
“At that price, by the time you add the keyboard you’re at the price of an 11-inch MacBook,” Wes Miller, an analyst at Kirkland, tells Bloomberg. “Everyone always says, ‘well, Apple is so expensive,’ but here we are in that same neighborhood looking at houses."
Source: Microsoft, Bloomberg