Posted 11/30/2012 at 7:25 AM
Posted 5 years ago
Are you in the market for a new tablet? Are you thinking about holding out for the new Microsoft Surface with Windows Pro tablet? Well, the good news is you won’t have to wait long – the company has announced the premier tablet in the Surface range will be released in January 2013. However, there is also bad news – it will set you back $899, and that’s just for the 64GB version! If you want 128GB of internal storage, you’re going to have to stump up an extra 100 bucks.
Microsoft Surface General Manager Panos Panay put out an official blog post on Thursday revealing the new tablets – both of which are priced considerably higher than the Surface with Windows RT models that were launched last month.
The entry level Windows RT Surface with 32GB of storage is priced at $499, while the 64GB version is listed at $699. Some people feel that these prices are too high, and according to a report by DigiTimes, the public haven’t exactly fell in love with the original Surface, with orders already being halved from 4 million units to 2 million. Even the big hitters of Samsung and Asus are reportedly seeing “weak” sales of Windows 8 tablets, so what makes Microsoft think that consumers are going to pay top dollar for the Windows Pro offering, especially when you can pick up a 64GB latest generation iPad for $699!
In the blog post Panay describes the Surface with Windows Pro as a “full PC AND a tablet” which can run your current Windows 7 desktop applications. He says it comes with the same design principles as the RT models, but has some notable differences:
“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 that runs at a 1920×1080 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, as I mentioned above, 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 digitizing 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.”
The Windows Pro Surface has the specs of a laptop and the portability of a tablet, which is clearly why it is priced so high. It also supports the “full Office experience” meaning that it may be marketed more as a business tool, as opposed to a consumer gadget.
This tablet seems to share more in common with Ultrabooks than it does with iPad and Android tablets, but anyone who is looking for the Ultrabook experience will find a Windows device with touchscreen capabilities and similar specs for a much more favorable price. Also, tablet buying consumers have already shown that they prefer iPad’s and Kindle Fire’s over Surface with Windows RT models, and few are likely to be tempted by a “full Office experience”.
Microsoft has certainly put a lot into this range of Surface tablets, but I can see them struggling to shift this one. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong.
No exact release date for the Surface with Windows Pro has been given.