Surface Pro rumored to be coming January 29th

We know that many of you are waiting for the Surface Pro and Microsoft has previously said that the device will be coming in January.

As soon as Microsoft made that statement many began wondering when the product would arrive and if a new rumor is to be believed, it looks like January 29th may be the day Microsoft pulls back the cover on the device with it going on sale on the following day.

The rumor was started by Softpedia who is citing sources close to Redmond, which we admit is a very odd way to say a source close to Microsoft as it sounds like they are physically close to the headquarters instead of having inside information, who claim the product will be unveiled on the 29th and go on-sale on the 30th.

No other information about how or where Microsoft will unveil the product was stated but seeing as they have been forward about the device with all of the specs revealed, we don't expect them to hold a massive event like they did with the initial announcement. 

Microsoft has previously announced that the Surface Pro, which will run Windows 8, will be priced starting at $899 when it comes out in January. That will be for the 64 GB version, while the 128 GB Surface Pro unit will be priced at $999; the prices do not include the Touch or Type covers.

Source: Softpedia

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Surface with Windows 8 Pro is a 64-bit tablet PC that combines beauty, power and mobility. Available with up to 128 GB1 of storage and powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, Surface with Windows 8 Pro is a powerful machine. Weighing under 2 lbs. and only 13.5 mm thin, it's the perfect way to do more.

This was taken directly from microsofts website notice the word tablet next to 64-bit.

http://www.microsoft.com/Surfa...ace-with-windows-8-pro/home

bottom of the page .

this is what people see when they look at the product it is being sold as a tablet not as anything else.

i like surface but the price is in the wrong market

@TurboShrimp
Why do you have this unfounded and rigid opinion of the definition for "tablet"? 'Tablet' is a form factor. It does not inherently mean a cheap computing device. The Surface Pro price is reflective of the class of product.

I'll tell you what I see: a real tablet PC. Frankly, I can't tell you how disappointed I was, after all the iPad rumors, to see that Apple decided to release a giant iPod Touch. I wanted a full computer running MacOS. Finally, with Surface Pro, I can purchase the product that I've been waiting for.

The size of the iPad and lack of setup time (no need to open and boot) makes it convenient. Still, you can't get any real work done with it. It's great if all you want to do is browse the web, check your E-mail, or play a casual game. For most, it fails to offer real productivity.

Personally, once my Surface Pro arrives, I'm positive my iPad is going to start gathering a lot of dust.

I don't know why, but I have some small hope that one of the partners that Intel is talking about having 10W ivy bridge processors would be Microsoft. That it'll be a big surprise/unveil showing that they really will have good battery life. If so, I'm certainly picking one up. I also hope that someone has a docking station ready for them.

People keep comparing this to a Macbook. IT IS NOT THE SAME THING........
Apple has nothing compared to this, no touchscreen, no digitizer with palm recognition.

And people complaining about pricing, this isn't really a tablet, but a ultrabook with a digitizer.
Add those, and yes, the price isn't that bad.

Personally I can't wait to get one, and am hoping it will go on sale in Europe so I can get one.

I do still find it a little weird how they were so hush hush about release dates for the Surface RT and now this. I will hold my hands up and say I know nothing about how companies like Microsoft should market their products, but surely giving consumers a *specific* date to aim for so they can start saving money, or planning their purchase. It seems weird to be so vague and then just suddenly announce it.

I know there are, shall we say, a lot of Microsoft "enthusiasts" on here who defend any criticism against Microsoft or Windows 8.. and this isn't intended as criticism so don't jump down my throat - just a confused observation.

I doubt that it won't include a touch cover. These are Microsoft's exact words:

"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)."

We know Type Cover is sold separately, but Touch Cover might be included.

I would love to have Clover in the Surface Pro but I am pretty sure I read here on Neowin about a rumor that Microsoft was thinking about putting an AMD in the second version of Surface Pro. AMD is good but I rather have an Intel so why bother waiting.

superconductive said,
There are already so many tablet / ultraportable win8 pcs out there now, I can't really see how surface pro will change things at this stage.
Just as an example http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/ativ_pc.html

How many of them have pen input? Three that I know of - One by Samsung, one by Fujitsu, and the Surface. How many of them don't have abysmal quality? Two. The Samsung is garbage (I had two of them - both had failing digitizers and broken keyboards in less than a week...go on Amazon and read reviews if you don't believe me). Between the Surface and the Fujitsu, the Surface is much better looking, likely has a better pen input than the n-trig, and I believe it's cheaper. So yeah. It's going to be one of the best out there if you're looking for something with pen input (which is pretty much a necessity if you want to do any photoshop work or note taking). If you're not doing either of these, then you really don't even need a Windows 8 Pro tablet. The desktop "app" is next to useless if you don't have the precision of a pen anyways.

I like the idea of a full featured Tab but the price of this $1000 tablet is going to be the end of the surface.

not a chance in the world they will sell even a 1/4 of what android and ipads sell.

the price is way way way off

i'm not sure, i was planning on buying a laptop, and maybe spending that much. If the surface pro is good enough, i'd settle for a little less spec-wise to have it in a tablet format.

i hope the microsoft store opened soon near me, or somewhere has them so i can try one out

Why would you compare the Pro to an iPad or Android device? Would you compare a Mac Book Pro to a android or iPad?

nohone said,
Why would you compare the Pro to an iPad or Android device? Would you compare a Mac Book Pro to a android or iPad?

Because it is a tablet and marketed as one , the only reason it is even made was for Microsoft to enter the mobile / tablet market . The surface is a $1000 USD TABLET

TurboShrimp said,

Because it is a tablet and marketed as one , the only reason it is even made was for Microsoft to enter the mobile / tablet market . The surface is a $1000 USD TABLET

So then we should compare the iPhone to a mid-90s candy bar phone.

Microsoft has marketed the Surface with WinRT as a competitor to other tablets. Microsoft has not yet marketed the Pro yet, so it is hard to say they have compared it to any of the tablets yet on the market. But the Pro is much more than a generic tablet, it is running a processor comparable to the ones in laptops, with the power of laptops. I can't take any iPad or Android tablet, or even the Surface with RT and put PhotoShop, CAD software, developer tools, CD ripping software, etc. on it. But I can with Surface Pro. It is a real computer. I love my Surface (using it to type this) and thought my iPad was great, but having a real computer in tablet form with a keyboard and can attach any of the 100,000+ existing peripherals to it puts it in the laptop class of computers.

i understand what you are saying trust me but the surface is a tablet there is no way you can tell me its not.

no matter what is inside this surface tablet its still a tablet and in this market it is a $1000 tablet .

just my OP that is all .

time will tell the truth once the numbers are in

TurboShrimp said,
i understand what you are saying trust me but the surface is a tablet there is no way you can tell me its not.

no matter what is inside this surface tablet its still a tablet and in this market it is a $1000 tablet .

just my OP that is all .

time will tell the truth once the numbers are in

yea, but comparing an ipad to the surface pro is like comparing a vw bug to a ferrari. they both might be a car/tablet form factor, but they're nothing alike otherwise...

I wish it used different chipset. As others mentioned battery life would be abysmal for a device like it. I'm no engineer but waiting for clover would have been much better battery-wise. Not sure how important having an i5 would end up being if battery really does suck.

So bummed, I will be traveling overseas for work on the 20th...was hoping it would be out before then so I had something to do...

The stylus support on capacitive is still a big one for me from historic tablet PCs. I use the Nook one on my RT but I yern for a true pen for OneNote/digital signature.

Edited by Dashel, Jan 4 2013, 2:32am :

Very interested in the display on this. As far as I know, nothing out there is combining ten-point touch with real stylus input on a tablet.

korupt_one said,
I think the Samsung ativ smart pc pro also has these features.
It does, but unfortunately the Ativ Pro is junk. And costs a bit more than the surface.