Surface Pro now has its release date. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) announces it'll be available on February 9—in the U.S. and Canada, at least (the plan for other countries isn't clear). Starting at $899, you'll still need to add a keyboard cover, pushing the price over the magic $1000 bar. Also, the 64 GB version is probably too small, so the total price is more like $1120-ish.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers get their tongues around the official name: Surface Windows 8 Pro.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Agam Shah brings us the essential facts:
The tablet has a 10.6-in. screen and comes in models with 64GB and 128GB of storage. ... While Surface RT was designed to be more of a tablet-only product, the Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet is intended to double as a laptop.
The Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet weighs 0.9 kilograms and has a screen [with] 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution [a] Core i5...based on Intel's latest Ivy Bridge microarchitecture...4GB of RAM, cameras on the front and back, a USB 3.0 port, a micro-SDXC slot and a mini-DisplayPort. MORE
Simon Bisson careers into view:
[It] comes in 64GB and 128GB versions (for $899 and $999) respectively). ... Unlike the ARM-based Surface Windows RT tablet, [it] comes with...Windows 8, and can run both the new WinRT touch applications and existing Windows desktop applications...and adds support for a digitizer pen with palm-blocking.
[It] can be part of a Windows domain, making it easier to manage when used as part of a BYOD scheme. ... 10-point touch will allow more than one person to...collaborat[e] with the device laid flat on a table. ... Dates for international launches of the new Surface have yet to be announced. MORE
Microsoft's Panos Panay para-parentally points at his pet project; he's "pumped":
...it’s been exciting to see the ongoing customer response to this amazing device [and] it has been great working with such an amazing team to bring these products to life.
We’ll have additional information as we get closer to Feb. 9. MORE
But Peter Bright says it's delayed:
Surface Pro is late. [It] was originally announced to be coming about 90 days after the Surface RT. [This is] 106 days. MORE
Meanwhile, Neil McAllister clears up a confusing, yet key point: [You're fired -Ed.]
As with the entry-level Surface RT, the...prices get you the slab itself, but no keyboard. ... A Surface Touch Cover [is] $119.99, while the Type Cover, which features keys with a little more travel [is] $129.99. MORE
And Anand Lal Shimpi isn't best pleased about that:
I'm not too bothered by [the] pricing, as it's ultimately an Ultrabook competitor. However I would like to see a bundled touch or type cover at those price points.
If you're fine with an Ultrabook/MacBook Air-class system as your main machine, Surface Pro could really be everything from your tablet to your desktop. ... Surface Pro uses a full blown SSD, not an eMMC solution for storage.
[It] uses the same type and touch covers as Surface RT. These two remain the best tablet keyboards I've ever used...they offer a great balance of usability and form factor [and] feel like a cover that you never need to remove. MORE