Surface with Windows 8 Pro Pricing In MacBook Air’s Ballpark

In a Microsoft Blog, Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface has posted pricing information on the Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet PC that will be available in January 2013.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two versions:

• 64GB standalone version at $899

• 128GB standalone version at $999

That compares with the entry-level Surface with Windows RT 32GB model that lists for $499, or 44 percent less than the 64GB Surface with Windows 8 Pro and a minimum $200 more than a Windows RT Surface with 64GB of storage.

Both versions will both include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and include the ability to use a Touch Cover or Type Cover (sold separately for an additional $120 for the Touch cover, for a total of $1,019 for the 64GB version or $1,119 for the 128GB version).

Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and the kickstand.

However, it also has some differences.

On the inside, Surface with Windows 8 Pro will come with a much more powerful Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor which will provide the necessary 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 the standard Pen input features expanded capacitive and digitizing technology Microsoft is calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidently place your palm on the screen as you write.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run current Windows 7 desktop applications, will weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick.

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