Microsoft Announces Surface Pro Pricing: $899 for 64GB Model, $999 for 128GB

Posted on November 30, 2012 7:30 AM by Rob Williams

Microsoft has finally announced pricing for Surface Pro: $899 USD for the 64GB model; $999 for the 128GB. Whereas the Surface “RT” model has more of a tablet-only focus given its use of an ARM SoC, Surface Pro behaves more like a tablet or notebook PC thanks to its inclusion of a traditional x86 processor from Intel. On the surface (no pun, of course), $899 USD seems ridiculous for a tablet, but this is in effect designed to give people the best of both worlds.

Aside from its raw Core i5 processing power, the Surface Pro bumps the resolution to 1920×1080, includes a full-speed USB 3.0 port, includes mini DisplayPort┬áthat supports up to a 2560×1440 resolution and includes a Pen (believe it or not, RT doesn’t).

Overall, the specs add up to make the Surface Pro a rather attractive offering, but at its current pricing, it definitely seems to be bound more for the business-user than the end-user. This isn’t a solution for someone who just wants a tablet, and given the current lack of apps in the Windows 8 store, many people would have a better overall experience at the moment with a competing platform. At the same time, as a notebook, the Surface Pro falls a bit flat due to its size (it’s a netbook, essentially), and then there’s the fact that it doesn’t even include a keyboard (the Touch Cover will be $100 extra).

If money were of no concern, or I felt I needed a Windows tablet for business-use, I can totally justify Surface Pro’s cost. But as an end-user, $1,000 minimum for a tablet-sized notebook that can become a tablet on command based on a mobile platform that’s far from proven – that’s a hard sell. Time will tell if this is what consumers have been waiting for.

  • madmatTG

    What does the pen do? Function like a stylus? Write on paper? Leak in your pocket?

    I’m just wondering if it actually means anything that it has it.

    • Marfig

      The pen will essentially emulate the mouse on those applications which aren’t compatible or practical with the touch interface paradigm. Being this a business-oriented tablet and not a comsumer one, this will be a great many applications.

  • Brett Thomas

    What a shame – I was actually really excited about this, but the price just puts it out of feasibility. This was the device that, as a business, I could consider coming to Win8 early to have – the first TRUE tablet. The SurfaceRT is a great many wonderful things as far as aesthetics and concept – particularly out of MS – but the RT handicaps it into oblivion. And now, MS’s other offering will be priced out of its market.

    I keep hoping…but maybe it will fall quickly enough in price that it can still remain relevant.

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