Surface Pro to launch in US and Canada on Feb 9, from $899

After first announcing its Surface tablets way, way back in June last year, and launching the Windows RT version in October, Microsoft's Panos Panay today confirmed via The Official Microsoft Blog that the new version of its tablet with full-fat Windows 8 Pro will finally launch next month. 

Microsoft had originally promised that the 'Surface Windows 8 Pro' - to give its full name - would go on sale "around 90 days" after its Windows RT counterpart. Today's confirmation that the Pro will go on sale in North America on Feb 9 means the device will apparently be arriving a little later than planned.

Pricing will start from $899 USD for the 64GB model, while a 128GB version will also be offered. Both models come with a Surface Pen stylus which attaches magnetically to the body of the device. Neither model comes with an inclusive keyboard; as with the RT version, you'll have to pay extra to get your paws on a Touch Cover or Type Cover. 

The Pro will include a "3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor", along with a 10.6" display offering superior Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution to that of its RT brother. The Pro also weighs around a third more than the RT model. Other differences include 4GB of RAM (versus the RT's 2GB); a 42W-h battery (compared with 31.5W-h); and a Mini DisplayPort (rather than micro-HDMI). 

The Surface Windows 8 Pro will be offered through Microsoft stores, the MicrosoftStore.com website, and through Best Buy and Staples in the US, with "a number of locations" offering the devices in Canada. 

Microsoft also seized the opportunity to announce several new designs of Touch Cover, each featuring its own laser-etched aesthetic, and coming in red, cyan and magenta variants. These Touch Cover Limited Editions will be offered for $129.99 in the US, and will be available in all eight markets where the Surface RT is already sold. 

In the weeks ahead, Microsoft plans to expand availability of Surface to new markets including: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Pricing for these and other markets outside of the US hasn't yet been announced. 

Still, not long to wait now. 

Source and images: The Official Microsoft Blog on TechNet


Editors note: At time of publishing, Microsoft's Surface.com site is listing the Pro model "starting at $000" - bargain! 

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I've been rocking an ipad 3 for the past 7-9 months and with all the accessories/cases/keyboard i bought its easily over $1000 AUD.

Would seriously consider a Surface Pro if i could justify the use i'd get out of it and I like that keyboard and stylus. However my primary purpose is for an entertainment/web surfing device and not a laptop replacement.

I hope this is a success though...

I'm really disappointed that these don't come with the snap-in keyboards. At this price point, what makes these better than a similarly priced ultrabook? Come on MS.

Talking about sales, anybody already know when the Pro is coming to Europe?
I'm more comfortable buying it over here, as to in the States via a friend.

Finally! If it's not released within a couple of weeks in the Netherlands, I'll have to buy it through a friend who is in the US at the moment

Really interested in the UK pricing for this now, wish they had a bundle that included the touch cover, I like them. Going to seriously consider getting rid of the iPad for this ...

I just got one last month for $499 that's like $490 for an extra 32gb storage that you don't need only the bloated Microsoft apps take up that much room .

you would be surprised how many apps and documents I have on my 16gb ipad

Thats kind of my whole point...Apple is the market leader and sells their top model for less. Surface is a new product in an established market, and costs more than all of its competitors, no one is going to buy it for a thousand dollars aside from the VERY minute minority of fanboys.

Sonne said,
Thats kind of my whole point...Apple is the market leader and sells their top model for less.

One device runs mobile apps. One runs everything that a "full blown" computer runs, including the gazillion programs that go with it. Not an app that looks like it, the exact same software. And you don't think there's going to be any interest in it? That's a tad shortsighted.

Sonne said,
Thats kind of my whole point...Apple is the market leader and sells their top model for less. Surface is a new product in an established market, and costs more than all of its competitors, no one is going to buy it for a thousand dollars aside from the VERY minute minority of fanboys.


..oh and y'know hundreds of thousands of business users who buy ultrabooks and their ilk. We'll be buying 5 as soon as they launch in the UK - the marketing guys are already drooling over them and here in R&D we want them for development work. Still, we're probably just a "VERY minute minority of fanboys".

Let me know when the iPad can replace my laptop AND my tablet, run all my business software and support hundreds of thousands of plug and play devices. Heck, let me know when Apple decide to support an industry standard connector

Which industry standard connector is microsoft supporting that apple isnt? You mean there proprietary charging connector or keyboard connector? Or do you mean mini displayport that apple has supported for 5+ years now and people STILL bitched about apple "not using the normal port for video out and instead using a special port that requires an adapter and blah blah blah".

So please share what "industry standard connector" microsoft is supporting with the surface besides USB.

No matter how tech junkies try to describe surface pro the world is going to see it as a $1000.00USD TABLET. No way it's going to see in the USA . I can buy 2 ipad 4's for the same price as a surface pro . Sorry but it's doomed

You have a false definition for the word "tablet".

Yes, Surface Pro is absolutely a tablet. That fact has no bearing on the price, performance, or capability of the device. The term "tablet" describes a form factor that consists of a touch or stylus based input device. You've clearly let the iPad lower your expectations of what a tablet should be.

As with laptops, you can either purchase one for $400, or you can purchase one for $2500. The fact that it's a laptop has nothing to do with the price.

TurboShrimp said,
No matter how tech junkies try to describe surface pro the world is going to see it as a $1000.00USD TABLET. No way it's going to see in the USA . I can buy 2 ipad 4's for the same price as a surface pro . Sorry but it's doomed

If you want a device with less than half the capabilities of a Surface Pro, sure, an iPad might be for you. The iPad isn't even a comparable device. If the iPad is sufficient, you're looking at the wrong device - a Surface RT is more appropriate.

Your comparison is like if I was criticizing the MacBook Air, saying nobody would purchase a MacBook Air when somebody can just buy a Surface RT for half the price... or two Surface RT for the same price. See how ridiculous that sounds? They are different levels of functionality. Once can't replace the other unless you are willing to compromise... just like an iPad can't replace a MacBook Air unless you are willing to compromise some functionality.

And 2x$499 is more than $899.

rfirth said,

If you want a device with less than half the capabilities of a Surface Pro, sure, an iPad might be for you. The iPad isn't even a comparable device. If the iPad is sufficient, you're looking at the wrong device - a Surface RT is more appropriate.

Your comparison is like if I was criticizing the MacBook Air, saying nobody would purchase a MacBook Air when somebody can just buy a Surface RT for half the price... or two Surface RT for the same price. See how ridiculous that sounds? They are different levels of functionality. Once can't replace the other unless you are willing to compromise... just like an iPad can't replace a MacBook Air unless you are willing to compromise some functionality.

And 2x$499 is more than $899.

so how many people in the usa are going to rush out and buy a surface pro ? I do not think as much as you may think. most people are going to stay with ipads because of what apple and google have released are tablets made for games web email .

I cant think for a second who would say im getting a surface pro to do all my serious work on its a real PC inside a tablet .

im sorry I just don't think so not for a sec.

$899.99 + 100.00 + Tax is over $1000.00USD

in todays market this is an absurd price .

I think its an ok product but it is in a market to compete with android and ipad tablets
and its price will be the end of it . lets leave it at that but feel free to point me out a year from now if I am wrong. time will prove everything

If it had WiDi and/or WiGig I'd buy it immediately. I'll wait with my Surface RT and my Samsung Series 9 for Surface Pro 2. I hope it has a place to dock the Pen in v2 as well.

It (apparently) comes with a Type Cover. Contrary to its previous assertions, Microsoft now says that both the 64 GB Surface Pro ($899) and 128 GB Surface Pro ($999) both come with a Type Cover. The press release notes: “The Surface Windows 8 Pro with Type Cover is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada Feb. 9 and starts at US$899. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB, Surface Windows 8 Pro with Type Cover provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package.”

Where do you see that quote? I am getting one of these for work instead of the Dell XPS 12. The type cover would only sweeten the deal. I've used the type cover on the Surface RT and it was perfect.

Well it was in the press release but now I've been told that they're changed the wording. Now it seems like it doesn't come with a cover.

yeah, must have been a typo

The Surface Windows 8 Pro is shown with an optional Type Cover and is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada Feb. 9 and starts at US$899. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB, Surface Windows 8 Pro comes bundled with Surface Pen and provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package.

Azies you sound like one of those Analysts who predicted Apple to reach $1000 a share this year or last or soon or.......

Microsoft doesn't need to sell it at a loss which it would with your price range and they aren't trying to be the IPad killer with the Surface Pro. Business penetration is this focus because no matter what you have read that iPad hasn't penetrated that market share yet and Android isn't even close. Microsoft is the turtle in this race not the hare.

Good for people who can afford this crap, unfortunately, in a market like this, people will choose the iPad over the Surface, mainly because of the fact that Apple has a name brand recognition fad going on, and Microsoft didn't price to be competitive. It really should've been $600 to $700, with the keyboards being at $99. I'm sure I'll be lambasted by the fan-boys with the windows logo tattooed to their ass cheeks, but I can see a big fail approaching Microsoft.

iPad equivalent Surface is Surface RT and starts at $499 which is almost the same price as latest iPad.
Surface Pro is in a different category and closest Apple product to it is the MacBook Air.
There is no point in name calling if you are criticizing a product without actually knowing anything about it.

Your post starts with the assumption that iPad and Surface Pro have equal utility. If all I need to do can be done on iPad, yeah, I'll get one and spend less money. Thing is iPad doesn't have a USB port. iPad doesn't have HDMI out. iPad doesn't have an SD card slot. iPad doesn't have an active stylus digitizer. iPad doesn't run x86 applications, iPad doesn't have a multiuser OS with an open file system.

So in fact if I have need of any of the above functionality, I will not use iPad over Surface Pro for any price, because it's useless to me.

This is a full computer. An iPad is not. Surface RT is the iPad competitor. Right now the only thing holding back the RT device v iPad is applications and a bit of maturity of the OS features (which I'm assuming will be a gap nearly closed by Windows Blue).

This is a full fledge laptop replacement... not an iPad.

Azies said,
I'm sure I'll be lambasted by the fan-boys with the windows logo tattooed to their ass cheeks

And where do you have the Apple logo tattooed on your body?

The Surface Pro contains an Intel processor with the complete installation of Windows 8. If you're comparing the iPad to the Surface Pro beyond looks and perhaps battery life, then you simply know nothing about computers. If you're buying an iPad, then you're buying an entertainment device. If you're buying a Surface Pro, then you're buying a fully capable PC. Heck, if you're buying a Surface RT, then you're buying a mostly capable PC (no unsigned desktop apps, which means pretty much no desktop apps outside of first party).

This device is an ultrabook that doubles as a tablet. The charging brick having an extra USB slot for charging extra devices (e.g., your phone) is genius. I only wish they had done that with the Surface RT's charger.

BajiRav said,
iPad equivalent Surface is Surface RT and starts at $499 which is almost the same price as latest iPad.
Surface Pro is in a different category and closest Apple product to it is the MacBook Air.
There is no point in name calling if you are criticizing a product without actually knowing anything about it.

I've given up on them, man... I dont know what to say any more, guess I'll just go on living happily with my Surface RT and Windows 8.

People seem to try to find every argument against either one of these... and most of the time the arguments make no sense, just like OP.

Those of us who have real keyboard-centric work to do will stick with their laptops and desktops running Windows-7. As for the keyboard with the Chiclet-sized keys of dubious utility, you really just have a very expensive two-piece laptop. Oh well, each to their own.

TsarNikky said,
As for the keyboard with the Chiclet-sized keys of dubious utility, you really just have a very expensive two-piece laptop. Oh well, each to their own.

Truly to each their own, but you should consider the other keyboard if you want the "full" keyboard experience. Personally, I do wish that I had gotten the Type Cover instead of the Touch Cover. When I buy the Surface Pro and give my Surface RT to my fiancee, then I will definitely be buying the Type Cover. I have tried it at my local MS Store, and it works fantastically.

TsarNikky said,
Those of us who have real keyboard-centric work to do will stick with their laptops and desktops running Windows-7. As for the keyboard with the Chiclet-sized keys of dubious utility, you really just have a very expensive two-piece laptop. Oh well, each to their own.

Who claimed it's a fit for all device?

It won't work for everyone.

Tony. said,
I'm guessing the Surface Pro UK price will be like £700 - £800.

This always frustrates me so much. A direct conversion puts the Pro at just under £570, but we know that's not going to happen...

This tablet with the touch cover is nonsense. I've the RT and well, the touch cover meets the requirements and to get things done, but if you buy the PRO is to replace a laptop which a touch-cover doesn't do. It's not like it should, anyway.

You can always buy a bluetooth keyboard.

I like the touch cover and find I type almost as fast on it as a regular. I think its a must have for a Road Warrior.

If you going to sit down and write a novel, then agreed, get a Bluetooth keyboard for the office.

Touch cover for me is almost 100% accurate. It just takes a little time to get used to. However, I'd buy a Type cover for a full laptop replacement. The movement makes a difference when I'm coding as I'm all over the keyboard.

I'm wondering if the people who are SOOOOO excited to buy one of these pro tablets, are they going to go back to a laptop after a month. Or will the tablets still be "All that". I think $900 is a little expensive.

Edited by warwagon, Jan 22 2013, 5:59pm :

Those of us who are "SOOOOO excited" to get one of these are not the brain-dead morons that you like to make us out to be. We know it has Win8, we know it does not have a keyboard attached but can use any keyboard and mouse we wish - Bluetooth or USB, and we know that the $899-$999 price tag is worth it since it gives us a form factor with other options (pen) that we need and want.

Of course, in your mind, everybody is too stupid and blindly follow because it is Win8. But in reality, there are people who do like Win8/WinRT, and no amount of your attacks on us and stomping your foot because people disagree with you will change that.

I think if you can dock it successfully, without it being a hassle to get the screens oriented every time, and if you don't' have tons of crap attached to the box like I do, that it could be that all in one device, to use at home with the big screen, and on the go. Battery life will mean a lot here. 6hr's awesome, 5, eh, 3-4, nah. I usually get all excite by this stuff, but I'm not running out to get it, I'm waiting, plus I already have the RT which is good for what I use it for.

warwagon said,
I'm wondering if the people who are SOOOOO excited to buy one of these pro tablets, are they going to go back to a laptop after a month. Or will the tablets still be "All that". I think $900 is a little expensive.

I replaced my laptop with a PC Tablet in 2002 and I never thought to go back. I will replace my Toshiba M400 soon, probably with a Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet.
Granted I would never consider a device without a sto and handwriting capabilities because, in spite of what a lot of people think nowadays, a Tablet without such capabilities is not, IMO, a "real" Tablet.

Those of us who are "SOOOOO excited" to get one of these are not the brain-dead morons that you like to make us out to be. We know it has Win8, we know it does not have a keyboard attached but can use any keyboard and mouse we wish - Bluetooth or USB, and we know that the $899-$999 price tag is worth it since it gives us a form factor with other options (pen) that we need and want.

Of course, in your mind, everybody is too stupid and blindly follow because it is Win8. But in reality, there are people who do like Win8/WinRT, and no amount of your attacks on us and stomping your foot because people disagree with you will change that.

I just read that entire comment with a smile on my face. No really I did!

warwagon said,

I just read that entire comment with a smile on my face. No really I did!

So you treat us like we have no idea what we are really buying (we will be going back to a laptop shortly, because we are incapable of researching a product), mock us for it ("SOOOOO excited"), and when somebody calls you out on it, you double down on your mocking attitude.

Stay classy.

warwagon said,

I just read that entire comment with a smile on my face. No really I did!

I just pictured you reading his comment with a smile on your face and drool dripping down your shirt.

Downside of Pro for me is the 4 GB of RAM, and that is why I opted for the Sony Vaio Duo 11 w/ i7, 8 GB of RAM and 256 SSD. However, I do have RT, and since you really cannot use any powerful apps in that format, 2 GB RAM wasn't a big issue.

I'll just wait for the next version of Surface Pro, but I wouldn't mind having it if someone gives it to me for free.

RommelS said,
Downside of Pro for me is the 4 GB of RAM, and that is why I opted for the Sony Vaio Duo 11 w/ i7, 8 GB of RAM and 256 SSD. However, I do have RT, and since you really cannot use any powerful apps in that format, 2 GB RAM wasn't a big issue.

I'll just wait for the next version of Surface Pro, but I wouldn't mind having it if someone gives it to me for free.


4GB is VERY good for a tablet, also given the fact that it can use it's SSD as extra RAM (that function has a name but I totally forgot), you won't feel any slowdown IMO.

True, but you have to understand that even though Surface Pro is in a tablet form factor, the OS can ran legacy or desktop applications on top of Marketplace Apps.

I can if you are running basic taks, Office, and such, that it would be perfect, however in an enterprise environment, services and proprietary services, home grown applications, thrid party applications can eat up 4 GB of space, and that is not including desktop applications that has a minimum of 4 GB in its specifications.

People put way too much emphasis on RAM these days.

What exactly are you planning to do that would exhaust 4GB of RAM? Were you planning to run SQL Server and Exchange on this thing?

Do you have Surface? Have you actually seen Windows RT run a bit sluggish when you have multiple apps running in the background -scrolling becomes jerky? Have you actually seen enterprise users use there machines to do their work? I sure have.

And again, I've answered your question with my previous post.

Jarrichvdv said,

4GB is VERY good for a tablet, also given the fact that it can use it's SSD as extra RAM (that function has a name but I totally forgot), you won't feel any slowdown IMO.

Known as Virtual Memory/a paging file (in Windows) or swap.

BloodShed said,
People put way too much emphasis on RAM these days.

What exactly are you planning to do that would exhaust 4GB of RAM? Were you planning to run SQL Server and Exchange on this thing?

Some people may want to run iTunes or Safari on Windows.

The battery life is said to be a bit over 5 hours it's been said. I dunno what most are looking for out of a full i5 system.

The so called 'less power hungry' i5's will not get you magically 7 hours of battery life. Have a look at the specs Intel released. Yes , the newer i5 is less power consuming, but it's not half of the old one. Intel's marketing hard at work here.

But 6 hours and up full recharge would be great. Only alternatives with better battery would be the Lenovo, Asus or Samsung digitizer tablets. They do run on Atoms though.....

Dutchie64 said,
Only alternatives with better battery would be.....

Windows RT.

Windows RT is for battery, Windows 8 tablets are for 'real work' where desktop runs without the full benefit of the Windows Runtime power management stack.

Well, the tablets I mentioned can run desktop apps, and still have 7+ hours of battery life. And their not RT ones.
So it is possible to do light desktop work in combination with Metro without compromising battery life.