Microsoft has announced that the Surface Pro tablet will arrive in January of next year, and will be priced from $899. The Surface Pro is the more powerful version of the Surface RT, which was released at the end of October. It features an Intel Core i5 processor and 1080p HD display. The Pro will run the full version of Windows 8, instead of Windows RT, which was available on the Surface RT model. That means it will be able to run all of the legacy Windows apps that a full laptop or desktop has access to — something that the RT version is not capable of.
The company says that the Surface Pro will be bundled with a Surface pen and is compatible with the Touch Cover or Type Cover for keyboard input, though neither keyboard options are bundled with the tablet. A 64GB model will cost $899, while a 128GB edition will be available for $999. The tablet includes a USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort, which can drive a screen of up to 2560 x 1440 resolution. The Pro version is a little heavier and thicker than the RT model, but Microsoft notes that it is still under two pounds and less than 14mm thick.
Unfortunately, the company did not provide an exact release date for when the Surface Pro will hit shelves, nor did it say when interested buyers will be able to place a preorder for the device. We will be certain to bring you more information about the Surface Pro as soon as we have it.