Microsoft's Surface Pro pricing leaked on German website

Microsoft’s Surface turned out to be one of the best kept secrets in the technological world, in recent times anyway. Finally going on sale to the public on October 26th, it was well received by the community for the build quality and Windows 8’s, fully realised, touch functionality.

But only the Windows RT version of the Surface was brought to the market, with Microsoft holding back on the Windows 8 Pro versions for later in the year. While the pricing wasn’t revealed for the RT until close to launch, the Pro pricing is yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.

Now, German retailer Notebook.de has started taking pre-orders for the Pro hardware and has revealed a price; €909 ($1,161 or £726). The specs of the device have been listed as follows:

  • 10.6" Full HD ClearType multitouch display (1920x1080)
  • Intel Core i5 (3rd generation)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB Hard disk
  • Intel HD 4000 Graphics (shared memory)
  • Wireless LAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (Low Energy Technology)
  • HD front & back camera with TrueColor and internal microphone
  • SkyDrive feature
  • VaporMG housing
  • Comes with stylus
  • Weight: 900g
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional

While this is probably what we’ve come to expect from the device, battery information is lacking, but it’s likely that there will be a bigger battery in the Pro to accommodate the more power hungry hardware. The site also lists a 64GB model that comes in at €809 ($1,033 or £646). It should be noted that the most expensive Surface RT on the site is listed as €689 ($880 or £559 - not a direct currency conversion), and with that you get the highest spec Surface RT (64GB storage and the Touch Cover). There are no details whether or not the Pro versions come with the Touch Cover.

Prices will vary depending on where you live, with the US/UK Surface RT high end model costing just $699/£559 compared to the $880/£551 is converts to (although the UK price is damn close).

Both devices are listed as being deliverable in three to four weeks, so official word from Microsoft on the pricing shouldn't be far away. So, would you be prepared to pay an extra €120 for the Surface Pro, if that premium meant you got the full Windows 8 desktop experience as well as the RT experience?

Microsoft is yet to comment, but Notebook.de is still showing the specs and price at the time of writing. The official Microsoft Surface RT and Pro specs can be found here.

Source: news.softpedia.com

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Talking about the digitizer on the Surface Pro...
Does anyone knows what specs it has? Pressure levels and such?

This is very interesting towards sketching software and such. For quick notes and scribbles it's less important.

I don't get this hammering on the 'left over space'.....

If you buy a pc with a 1TB HD and Windows installed on there, you don't have 1TB free space to work with.
So why wouldn't it be the same for the Surface?

It would have been different if they would have stated 32GB Free! space....

Dutchie64 said,
I don't get this hammering on the 'left over space'.....

If you buy a pc with a 1TB HD and Windows installed on there, you don't have 1TB free space to work with.
So why wouldn't it be the same for the Surface?

It would have been different if they would have stated 32GB Free! space....


However MS sold it not as a notebook (or netbook) but as a tablet and, as a tablet, Windows is spending a lot of space.

jasonon said,
I wonder if it still has the bit of lag that comes with the RT

They are completely different devices on the inside, so I doubt it. This things is much more powerful... hard to compare an ARM processor to an Intel Core i5.

jasonon said,
I wonder if it still has the bit of lag that comes with the RT

To my knowledge, the lag was fixed with an update.

Pricing on tablets will affect the market penetration considerable. People generally will not see the value between most tablets. So this will not be a popular device. RT will look like a better option.

given how pricing in Europe is always higher, this is actually good news. sub 1K is really where they need to keep pro.

Asrokhel said,
909.00 EUR = 1,156.21 CAD
909.00 EUR = 1,163.21 USD

For that price, you might as well just buy a laptop or an iPad!

ipad doesn't run x86 apps so it is useless.
laptop is bulky heavy and hot so it is useless.

plus prices in Europe are ALWAYS higher so you can't just convert it. that's not the way it works. take surface for example, if you bought it in Europe it would be more expensive if you converted it. but people in Europe do not earn in CAD or USD. they earn in EUR. get it?

I converted it, to show what the possible cost of it would be here IN North America, I sure as hell don't care about Europe!

Asrokhel said,
909.00 EUR = 1,156.21 CAD
909.00 EUR = 1,163.21 USD

For that price, you might as well just buy a laptop or an iPad!


1. First of all price conversions doesn't work that way .. they are priced differently based on tax , etc . For example the Surface RT starts at 479EUR whiles the American version starts at $499, thye didn't just convert the dollars into Euro. Germnay has 19.5% VAT

2. This is essentally a laptop with touchscreen. It runs on i5 which means it can run most of the graphic inetnsive games and applications and the best part it its thinner and lighter than every laptop on the market.

Asrokhel said,
909.00 EUR = 1,156.21 CAD
909.00 EUR = 1,163.21 USD

For that price, you might as well just buy a laptop or an iPad!

But it IS a laptop. And why settle for an iPad? If you're going to settle for a tablet without x86 software, go for a Surface (not Pro).

Asrokhel said,
909.00 EUR = 1,156.21 CAD
909.00 EUR = 1,163.21 USD

For that price, you might as well just buy a laptop or an iPad!

You're forgetting this has a wacom digitizer as well. So no basic comparison to a laptop or iPad.....

Asrokhel said,
For that price, you might as well just buy a laptop or an iPad!

They said, and always will say, this is around the cost of an UltraBook in for form factor of a Tablet...

And no point even bringing iPad into this comparison, best to keep the iPad against the RT if you want to do that...

Holy **** that's cheap. I expected something between €1000-1400, but €800 is just a dream. (take €900 if it includes the keyboard)

For comparison, the Surface RT is ~€500, really expected more than the double for the Pro version. Really looking forward to using it, glad it still comes with a pen (killer feature IMO).

Day 1

Edit: as some point out, this is a full laptop replacement and a great tablet/notebook hybrid. Runs full x86 apps and has all the Pro features. Think you'd easily have to pay more than €1000 to get something of this quality (think the Acer S7-391 with touchscreen

Edited by SekaiStory, Nov 6 2012, 12:41pm :

You just have to look at the oem pricing to get a sense that it's gonna be around that area. Personally the delivery info was what I found interesting, would make sense for MS to get these available for Xmas if possible but I won't be getting my hopes up.

notebook.de is known for having brand new products listed early. They often use fantasy prices just to be the first ones to appear on sites like geizhals.at, getprice.com and so on. Also, they WILL clean out prospective early adopters by adding surcharges out of la-la-land. Something like €30 for the luxury of paying by credit card and sending the parcel to another EU country, which costs them exactly the same as sending it domestically. See here for the Nexus 10 for example: http://geizhals.at/eu/858632

Not a company I'd trust too much, so take this with a huge pile of salt.

Please also note that this wouldn't be the first time in recent history where a site has listed a price for a WP8 or Win8 device ahead of the official announcement only to state later that they just took a guess at the price and would adjust when the real price was known.

Also I don't get how this story states that the Pro version is $120 more?
The Surface RT prices are:
32GB U$499 & U$599 with touch cover
64GB U$699 with touch cover

$1161 is way more than $120 more!?

Why that HD4000 integrated crap? They could at least have used switchable graphics with a lowly GT640M or any AMD equivalent GPU.

yowanvista said,
Why that HD4000 integrated crap? They could at least have used switchable graphics with a lowly GT640M or any AMD equivalent GPU.

Cost, power consumption, heat, space.

Edited by eddman, Nov 6 2012, 10:21am :

yowanvista said,
Why that HD4000 integrated crap? They could at least have used switchable graphics with a lowly GT640M or any AMD equivalent GPU.

Power consumption, heat.

Even with a switchable GPU, it would take a rather robust GPU to best the HD4000, and at that level, it would have to plugged in to not drain the battery in less than a few minutes with gaming quality graphics.

However, the good thing is the HD4000 is not as 'horrible' as previous generations of integrated graphics, and can truly run Crysis 2, and every game released so far this year.

Here, notice even the dedicated low end GPUs from AMD/NVidia are not keeping up with the HD4000:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/I...00-Benchmarked.73567.0.html

yowanvista said,
Why that HD4000 integrated crap? They could at least have used switchable graphics with a lowly GT640M or any AMD equivalent GPU.

Its not designed for Gaming, its designed for work + play... Intel HD is all you need,

ThunderBuddy said,
Not going to get into an OS argument and go way off topic so I'll simply say thanks for the input.

Damn forgot to hit reply first and I'm on my phone <_<

ThunderBuddy said,
£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet

Perhaps you set you set your limit way too low. Its a bit unfair to expect them to sell it at that low a price. The 11" Macbook Air starts at £849 but the Surface RT beats at on every count. I thas better screen, thinner, lighter, bigger battery , active digitizer, USB 3.0, touchsreen and much more. the least they could do is sell it for a £100 cheaper than the MBA.

kinpin said,

Perhaps you set you set your limit way too low. Its a bit unfair to expect them to sell it at that low a price. The 11" Macbook Air starts at £849 but the Surface RT beats at on every count. I thas better screen, thinner, lighter, bigger battery , active digitizer, USB 3.0, touchsreen and much more. the least they could do is sell it for a £100 cheaper than the MBA.


I stated that I thought it was worth more, I expected it to be more but I saved up the money on the off chance that it wasn't.

£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet

ThunderBuddy said,
£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet

Oh God, please don't buy an Android tablet, you may as well through the money down the drain.

ingramator said,

Oh God, please don't buy an Android tablet, you may as well through the money down the drain.


Please go troll somewhere else. He has a valid point, this tablet is very expensive. Like it or not, not everyone has the money to afford it. For such people, a tablet like Nexus 7/10 is a better deal.

Mortis said,

Please go troll somewhere else. He has a valid point, this tablet is very expensive. Like it or not, not everyone has the money to afford it. For such people, a tablet like Nexus 7/10 is a better deal.

What? This is A LAPTOP REPLACEMENT, it runs all x86 apps.

Please don't compare it to a laggy Android tablet

ThunderBuddy said,
£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet

Why not get the Surface RT if you were genuinely thinking about getting one? Both that and android are based on ARM.

FoxieFoxie said,

What? This is A LAPTOP REPLACEMENT, it runs all x86 apps.

Please don't compare it to a laggy Android tablet


Yeah sure, but can it run intensive games like most laptops in that range? One must be dumb to even attempt that with touchsreen garbage. Laptops will never be replaced by touchsreen crap anyways.

Axel said,

Why not get the Surface RT if you were genuinely thinking about getting one? Both that and android are based on ARM.


As FoxieFoxie stated I'd want to get the Pro as a laptop replacement so that I could run x86 software, if I was to get a tablet that solely ran apps from a store I'd much rather get an Android Tablet at the moment as there is a far bigger variety of apps to choose from plus it would only be used for browsing the web, watching videos and a bit of light gaming and for that I can't justify paying the extra to get the Surface RT over something like a Nexus 7.

yowanvista said,

Yeah sure, but can it run intensive games like most laptops in that range? One must be dumb to even attempt that with touchsreen garbage. Laptops will never be replaced by touchsreen crap anyways.

Riiiiight, because to be a laptop replacement it HAS to run intensive games? No it doesn't, it simply needs a decent x86 CPU, plenty of RAM, a fast HDD and good screen resolution along with good port selection for second monitor/printers etc. Surface pro has all of the above - AND its a full touch screen tablet. So all your current software works fine, along with all WinRT software for touch only experience. You can use it for all your work stuff (i.e. LAPTOP REPLACEMENT) then kick back on the sofa with WinRT apps and a brilliant touch screen.

Oh and I know some laptops are good enough to play games, but no one in their right mind would be thinking they could replace a mobile gaming rig with massive base size and mega cooling for its beefy discrete graphics with a small tablet device, this does not in any way mean this device can not replace laptops for most people.

ThunderBuddy said,

As FoxieFoxie stated I'd want to get the Pro as a laptop replacement so that I could run x86 software, if I was to get a tablet that solely ran apps from a store I'd much rather get an Android Tablet at the moment as there is a far bigger variety of apps to choose from plus it would only be used for browsing the web, watching videos and a bit of light gaming and for that I can't justify paying the extra to get the Surface RT over something like a Nexus 7.

I personally see the windows store as growing at a very fast rate, the audience will be massive soon and devs know this. WinRT wins for me due to its deep cloud connectivity and ecosystem advantages.

It occurred to me the other day (its obvious really), but I bought angry birds space on my laptop, then next day at the office I wondered if I could install on my win 8 desktop as well - you can, the purchase is tied to YOU and not the hardware. So EVERY single WinRT app I buy ever I can install on laptop/desktop and when I get one tablet.

To me this is massive and makes using Windows 8 and Windows RT a no brainer, as every device I use (even signing in with my MS account on a friends machine) will give me access to all the apps Ive bought through the store.

The only thing not included is Windows phone 8 (as in its a different store) but I can see this changing in time.

Mortis said,

Please go troll somewhere else. He has a valid point, this tablet is very expensive. Like it or not, not everyone has the money to afford it. For such people, a tablet like Nexus 7/10 is a better deal.

A tablet. No matter what. Linux (android) or ipad. Are both junk. They are expensive paperweights. This one , at least, is a full fledged PC

ThunderBuddy said,
£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet

Perhaps you set you set your limit way too low. Its a bit unfair to expect them to sell it at that low a price. The 11" Macbook Air starts at £849 but the Surface RT beats at on every count. I thas better screen, thinner, lighter, bigger battery , active digitizer, USB 3.0, touchsreen and much more. the least they could do is sell it for a £100 cheaper than the MBA.

Mortis said,

Please go troll somewhere else. He has a valid point, this tablet is very expensive. Like it or not, not everyone has the money to afford it. For such people, a tablet like Nexus 7/10 is a better deal.

It doesn't make sense to comapre this to nexus 7 or Nexus 10, this is more comparable to a MBA than it is to a tablet.... so if you think this is expensive then its probably not the thing for you..

yowanvista said,

Yeah sure, but can it run intensive games like most laptops in that range? One must be dumb to even attempt that with touchsreen garbage. Laptops will never be replaced by touchsreen crap anyways.

You're talking as if a touchscreen makes the hardware worse.

iguanas said,

A tablet. No matter what. Linux (android) or ipad. Are both junk. They are expensive paperweights. This one , at least, is a full fledged PC

For you maybe. Tens of millions of people would say otherwise...

yowanvista said,

Yeah sure, but can it run intensive games like most laptops in that range? One must be dumb to even attempt that with touchsreen garbage. Laptops will never be replaced by touchsreen crap anyways.

If you add 4GB RAM more then its spec will be the same as Macbook Pro 13 Retina., which is $1699. Just saying

I like how some people in this comment chain think only their purchasing decisions are the right way to go.

I mean if they want to go for an Android tablet, who are you to say it'll be a complete waste without knowing what they'll use it for?

losever4 said,

If you add 4GB RAM more then its spec will be the same as Macbook Pro 13 Retina., which is $1699. Just saying

No, the MacBook has no digitizer. BIG difference.

yowanvista said,

Yeah sure, but can it run intensive games like most laptops in that range? One must be dumb to even attempt that with touchsreen garbage. Laptops will never be replaced by touchsreen crap anyways.

It can run Crysis 2 with High settings...

Is that not enough for 'gaming' in a tiny tablet?

People like yourself have NO idea what you are talking about and yet are the first to offer condemnations.

Touchscreen crap? Really?

You realize you can use a regular USB Mouse and Keyboard and never touch the screen if 'touch' offends you so much.

It is not just a touch screen, it is a full digitizer class touch screen that not only has a duality mode with a stylus giving it pressure sensitivity.

ThunderBuddy said,
£550 was my limit, not that I don't think it's worth more just didn't want to spend more than that, so I'll probably just buy a touch screen for my desktop and an Android tablet
You do realize that's like saying "hey this convection oven seems a bit pricer than a toaster oven... I'm totally buying a toaster oven then!"

MrHumpty said,
You do realize that's like saying "hey this convection oven seems a bit pricer than a toaster oven... I'm totally buying a toaster oven then!"

If I was getting a Surface I wanted to get the pro as it could do more and I liked the idea of that but I wasn't really that sure if I would really utilize it, what I really want is a tablet for surfing the web, watching some videos and playing a few games but being able to run x86 apps appealed to me, however I couldn't justify paying a lot for something that would more than likely be used to not even half of it's potential. I set my budget anyway in the off chance that it was a lot cheaper than anticipated and thought that even if it wasn't I'd have saved up some money and could get something else. I still want a tablet so I was left looking at the RT and Android tablets, I'm going to get an Android tablet just now as even the top end ones are relatively cheap and I like the Android experience plus there are a crap tonne more apps to chose from. I'm also doing that so that I won't be too fused a year or so down the line when the 2nd gen of the Surface comes out and then if the store has taken off I'll most likely get one.

As for the touch screen, I love Windows 8 and I really want to experience it in a touch enabled environment, I'm in the market for a new monitor anyway so I thought I'd pool together the money I have left after getting a tablet with the money I've been saving for a monitor and get a really nice touch one.

Thanks Denis W for restoring some of my faith in the Neowin community, I'm glad most of the people that comment on this aren't very active on the forums else I'd probably have stopped using the site by now.

ThunderBuddy said,
what I really want is a tablet for surfing the web, watching some videos and playing a few games but being able to run x86 apps appealed to me
No offense, but why would you think a premium device running intel would even remotely be cheaper. If you're standards are Android then the only comparable Windows device is the RT. That's my point. You're comparing apples to oranges.

And while Denis may have restored your faith let me take a stab at explaining many in this thread. If you're expecting a Ferrari at Honda prices... please don't post. You're expectations are unatainable and letting us know how you are, unsurprisingly, let down is a waste of internet bandwidth.

I'm sure an x86 tablet will come along at your prices but letting out an "oh well guess it's just android and a touchscreen for me" because this premium product doesn't fit is kinda useless.

MrHumpty said,
No offense, but why would you think a premium device running intel would even remotely be cheaper. If you're standards are Android then the only comparable Windows device is the RT. That's my point. You're comparing apples to oranges.

And while Denis may have restored your faith let me take a stab at explaining many in this thread. If you're expecting a Ferrari at Honda prices... please don't post. You're expectations are unatainable and letting us know how you are, unsurprisingly, let down is a waste of internet bandwidth.

I'm sure an x86 tablet will come along at your prices but letting out an "oh well guess it's just android and a touchscreen for me" because this premium product doesn't fit is kinda useless.


Do you have selective vision? I just said that I would most likely only use it for basic tasks but would stretch a bit if it wasn't too much (too much being what I was willing to spend, not being more than it's worth), yes I had an unrealistic budget but I stated that I didn't think it would be that cheap but thought I may as well save up anyway. I also said that I wanted a tablet anyway so how is choosing to get a tablet "kinda useless". Also I wanted to experience Windows 8 with touch input which, surprise surprise, I just said.

The only things that I've wasted bandwidth on is repeating myself and replying to the front page clientele in general which I won't be doing again.

Mortis said,

Please go troll somewhere else. He has a valid point, this tablet is very expensive. Like it or not, not everyone has the money to afford it. For such people, a tablet like Nexus 7/10 is a better deal.

I guess. Or one could just save up some money and buy big. Go big or go home.

ThunderBuddy said,

Do you have selective vision? I just said that I would most likely only use it for basic tasks but would stretch a bit if it wasn't too much (too much being what I was willing to spend, not being more than it's worth), yes I had an unrealistic budget but I stated that I didn't think it would be that cheap but thought I may as well save up anyway. I also said that I wanted a tablet anyway so how is choosing to get a tablet "kinda useless". Also I wanted to experience Windows 8 with touch input which, surprise surprise, I just said.

The only things that I've wasted bandwidth on is repeating myself and replying to the front page clientele in general which I won't be doing again.


Please god stick to the forums. I stay out of there because its filled with a bunch of people babbling about crap.

I read everything you had said. But the point is... it was worthless. To take it back to the Ferrari comparison

I said that I just need a car to go from A to B but I'd stretch a bit if it wasn't too much to get the Ferrari. You readily admit your budget was unrealistic. You decided to post on an article about a premium product that it didn't meet your low budget requirement. The immediate response I had was "No ****." Thanks for contributing though.

Basically, your babbling and its annoying. If my responses are enough to keep you from posting on the front pages again then sweet.