Pricey Surface Pro Tablet to Land on February 9th
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The Microsoft Windows 8 tablet that's able to provide a full PC experience and run legacy and desktop software has been confirmed for a February 9th release in the U.S. and Canada. The tablet will be available for $899 (64GB version) and $999 (128GB) at all Microsoft stores, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada. The special keyboard cover that can convert the tablet to a desktop will cost an additional $120.

What Else You Need To Know

  • The Microsoft Surface Pro packs a Core i5 processor with HD Graphics 4000 GPU, 4GB of RAM, a 10.6-inch display with true HD resolution of 1920-by-1080, a Surface pen writing stylus, a full-sized USB 3.0 port, and a microSDXC memory card slot.
  • To be available in 13 new European countries soon, Microsoft's Surface with Windows RT has a starting price of $499, but Windows RT devices are unable to install third-party desktop programs.

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Originally expected at the end of January, the Surface Pro was bumped back a few weeks due possibly to the new CPU taking longer for production. - Daniel Rubino, WMExperts  
The new Microsoft Surface Pro is Microsoft’s first device that runs the full version of Windows 8. - Shawn Ingram, Gotta Be Mobile  
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he whole thing is wrapped up in the same sort of Vapor Mg casing as the Windows RT-based Surface RT we reviewed last year. That includes a useful pop-out kickstand for desktop use, and the Surface Pro measures in at 10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches and tips the scales at “under 2lbs” according to Microsoft.

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One aspect that may have hurt Surface RT sales is one that Microsoft is correcting with the new tablet. Instead of initially limiting sales to Microsoft-branded stores and online sales, Staples and Best Buy will carry the new Surface Windows 8 Pro.

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