Microsoft Surface Pro to start at $899


This June 18, 2012, file photo shows a profile view of the new Microsoft Surface, a tablet. Tablets are at the top of many wish lists this holiday season. Microsoft announced Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, that the Surface Pro would be available in January starting at $899 for US customers. AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

SAN FRANCISCO—Microsoft announced Thursday that its Surface Pro, a version of its new tablet aimed at business users, would be available in January starting at $899 for US customers.

The Surface Pro will be powered by an Intel processor and have a full version of the new Windows 8 operating system, which is designed with both PCs and tablets in mind.

“It’s a full PC and a tablet,” said a blog post from Microsoft’s Panos Panay.

“And all this in a PC that will weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick. We are excited about both Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro.”

Microsoft started selling the surface last month in a version aimed at consumers with a mobile-style processor and a tweaked version of its new operating system called Windows RT. It pricing was roughly in line with the iPad, the top-selling tablet.

The Surface Pro will be more expensive, and is apparently aimed at corporate users and those seeking a laptop replacement. The least expensive version with 64 gigabytes of memory will sell for $899, not including the touch cover with keyboard. A 128 GB version will start at $999.

“Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT,” Panay said.

Chief executive Steve Ballmer has described the iPad challenger – complete with a built-in stand and ultra-thin covers which double as keyboards in a range of colors – as a tablet that “works and plays.”

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  • Night

    hahaha ungas talaga microsoft…. sino bibili niyan!!! mahal mahal….

    eh di bibili nalang ako ng standard laptop at ipad 3 tanga!

  • jolly_baby

     microsft mistake, making it expensive hahahhaha.. failed with NOKIA, failed with TABLETS hahhaha

  • Rinaanir

    When will Surface with Windows RT come to the Philippines?

    • gagokayonglahat

      tanong mo sa buwan.

  • raceurx

    I have the RT and can’t find any reason to spend any more. I say this only because I find it difficult to see anyone using the device to run large programs on such a small screen. My work I have 20 windows going at one time – not sure if I would use this device in that manner. The RT can remote into another device when big apps are needed. I know you can get the hdmi out to another monitor and plug in a full keyboard or mouse to make it more convenient to work which is a great feature but I wonder if the Pro based on this price will be a hit. MSFT should have started at 750 and 850 on the 2 models of the pro.
    BTW, the quality of these devices are second to none. I am very pleased with my RT and would recommend to anyone who appreciates a tablet that can be productive as well.

  • lintangbedol

    the inconvenient way of of using a laptop is to use a ms surface pro

  • rock_steady

    i bet most of you complaining it’s expensive does not even know the market for this product, or how this was the presentation on it and you will see that the tech to make this tablet is at par, or even better than making apple products.this is not for the average joe. this is targeted for business users.for people that actually have jobs earning a paycheck, not some goof pretending he is rich and still lives in his parent’s house.

  • RyanE

    Surface with Windows 8 Pro, i5 3rd gen processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD is practically the same as a notebook. I guess it will be a good choice for persons in the move who normally use MS Office and other work-related applications.

  • kismaytami

    Too expensive. Would rather have a notebook for less but with more power and more established 3rd party applications to chose from.

    • Romar M. Cabinta

      “more established 3rd party applications to choose from”

      Lol. This surface pro has windows 8 pro with full functionality of a computer os, just like a notebook. So why do you think there are more established 3rd party applications for notebooks than this surface pro?

      • kismaytami

        Can’t you see the trend of Microsoft? Lately, they’re becoming more like Apple, introducing closed system platforms and software.

      • josh maldito

         when exactly was the time that Microsoft is using open systems flatform? As far as i can remember Microsoft is never been into open source…see how retarded ur comment is?

      • josh maldito

         you must have confused yourself between LINUX and Microsoft…LOL

  • lintangbedol

    rather have an ultrabook than this. it’s much more convenient.

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