Richi Jennings

Surface Pro release date Feb 9; it's 'New and exciting' says Microsoft

January 23, 2013 6:09 AM EST

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.

Surface Pro release date

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.
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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.
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[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.
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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.
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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.
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[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


 

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