Surface Pro tablets start at $900

Microsoft's new tablet running Windows 8 Pro will be available in January at $900 for 64GB model and $1000 for 128GB version.

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Microsoft today announced pricing information for its Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets, revealing the device will be available beginning at $900 for a 64GB model. A 128GB version will launch at $1000. Both iterations of the tablet device go on sale sometime in January 2013.

Both versions of the Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets include a Surface pen and are also compatible with Touch and Type covers. These are available separately for for $120 and $130, respectively.

Writing on the official Microsoft blog, Surface general manager Panos Panay also revealed specifications for the Intel-powered device. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablets run on a Core i5 processor and feature a 10.6" 9 ClearType display with 1920X1080 high-definition resolution.

The tablet line also includes a full-sized USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort that is compatible with external displays with up to 2560X1440 resolution. It will weigh "less than two pounds" and measure 14 millimeters in thickness.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet line follows Microsoft's already released Surface RT line, which begins at $500. The newest iPad starts at $500.

Discussion

361 comments
RBwd
RBwd

ive got a great idea we'll make a tablet then add a keyboard. wow weve just invented.......... oh its a laptop. doh

blackace
blackace

Why is Microsoft charging the same price (or even MORE) then the IPad for their Surface Tablets? If they want to compete with the IPad they will need to cut as least $150 - $200 off of these Surfaces tablets. Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Fire HD are selling great because they are almost 1/2 the price of the IPads and offer almost identical features and app support. Microsoft's Surface Tablets offer the awful and hard to use Window 8 O/S that no one wants. They should release tablets with XP and Windows 7 as well. Definitely lower the price though or they aren't going to sell well.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Im hating this new gen of "tablet laptops" with bad hard drive capacity, ram, graphics cards and stupid touch screens.

This is all ur fault Apple! I wish they never made that stupid iPad, now everyone wants a piece of these terrible tablets!

Microsoft should just stick to PCs and 'normal' Laptops!

Falru
Falru

I could build and incredibly powerful desktop with $1000.

 

I also notice battery life is not mentioned in the article.

 

and 128GB what the hell? I buy a 2TB hard drive for less than $80

furqan2006
furqan2006

and i thought iPad's were the most expensive when it comes to tablets. well at least this is multiple times more useful than the iPad.

digitaltiger
digitaltiger

Well the price is set for people making $40,000+ a year so not many younger people are going to be getting it next year. But in 2 or 3 years it will be about half that price and then maybe I can afford it. I remember when LCD TV's first came out , they were of course very expensive. This is the same thing, new tech always costs alot but will drop in price quickly once even newer versions of the same product are produced. I think we will be seeing a Apple tablet very soon that has a full OS on it and it will probably cost $1500 to $2000 when it first comes out.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

I wonder what market is Microsoft attracting with these expensive tablets.

BlackDevil99
BlackDevil99

hmm, more expensive than I was hoping for, anyone interested in a windows 8 pro laptop/tablet combo should give the Lenovo Yoga 11 or 13 a look

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

I'd rather get an 11 inch MacBook Air for a couple hundred more. Better graphical power and much smoother. Looks better than the dumb Surface, which will no doubt bomb.

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

Lets click a bunch of keyboards, have people dance around clicking keyboards, make shapes of clicking keyboards,,and,,, then all the people will run out and buy a $900 tablet with no keyboard...Either Microsoft thinks everyone is so stupid or people really are... They are selling clicking,,YEAHHH!

tgwolf
tgwolf

I won't shock anyone by saying I wouldn't even hesitate to spend that money elsewhere...

xdude85
xdude85

There are better things to spend money on.

Dark_Metamorphosis
Dark_Metamorphosis

Pretty expensive but I see this is a true laptop replacement and the specs are pretty good - full size USB 3 port is great. Hopefully prices will come down eventually.

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

$900.00 computer with no keyboard,,what a JOKE! That tells you what Microsoft thinks of people..

xGr4ffitix
xGr4ffitix

Shooo! 1000 bucks. That's scary. It damn near kills me to fork out 300-500 bucks on a console. As nice as it would be to own one of those, I think my debt will make sure we never meet. Lol.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Its a super tablet what do you guys expect don't think of the surface pro Tab is in the same range as of a Ipad or Android (Thats what the Surface RT is here for) but as an ultrabook range.

nbba2
nbba2

I want this thing so bad, but 1000$? Wow.

By the way the paragraph about the newest iPad costing 500$ is really meaningless. Do you write a paragraph about the price of a scooter when reviewing a heavy motorcycle?

BovineDivine
BovineDivine

It's expensive, however a tablet running a full windows os will increase my productivity. We'll see if i regret my decision come february

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

windows tries too hard to be like Apple. In the end it will alienate PC users and wont win over many Apple users. 

DollarIsDone
DollarIsDone

Only M$ could come up with a Laplet/Tabtop for $1000...$500 for a Laptop $500 for a Tablet....errr yeah, ok then...here's my money WINBLOWS.

wasakawaka
wasakawaka

Imagine spending a $1000 tablet only to get the blue screen of death? Lol

SKULLguy
SKULLguy

It's tooo much more that the Windows8 itself !

5SI-GonePostal
5SI-GonePostal

It seems people here arent getting it - so for everyone saying: Well for a $1000 i can buy X, X, and X let me turn this into a slightly different real life example.

 

Im looking to buy this apartment in the centre of London in Chelsea.  Joe Bloggs 1 comes along and says:  But you can buy a 4 bedroom house in Manchester for the same price and a car, Joe Bloggs 2 pipes in and continues and if you looked in Scotland you could buy a castle............anyone else see the problem the guy trying to buy an apartment in London is facing?

oOXaianOo
oOXaianOo

Who does Microsoft think they are charging $1000 for a tablet?! Apple?!!!?

ssj2los
ssj2los

Touch screen gaming is for the birds......................Angry birds.... bagahahah /sarcasm

ssj2los
ssj2los

Contestant: "Ill take "Tablet Gaming" for a 1000, Alex."

 

Alex Trebek: "I'm overpriced for something considered to be a casual experience."

 

Contestant: "What is the Surface Pro?"

 

Alex Trebek: "You got it! Next topic..."

ssj2los
ssj2los

pppppssssssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WllDan7
WllDan7

That is too much for a tablet.

wexorian
wexorian

Only windows 8 makes you to not buy it.......

wexorian
wexorian

900$ Microsoft tablet, With windows 8 pro. Such good combo. My dream come true i won't buy it because i won't have any dreams left.

PuNkeRoiD
PuNkeRoiD

Microsoft turned into apple, ridiculous...

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Falru SSD and HDD a different technology. Your comparing a chip of a size of of a thumb with an actual 2.5"thk HDD

blackace
blackace

 @Tripwolf Exactly. I agree completely. These are higher then the IPads.

5SI-GonePostal
5SI-GonePostal

 @ChiefFreeman I doubt it as it is using the same CPU and APU, with the same amount of ram, biggest difference is the 1080 screen on the pro

blackace
blackace

 @AndehPandy 

I'll be getting my wife the Kindle Fire HD for $299.  That's 3x's less then what M$ is offering here. I already own an IPad 2 and IPod Touch, so I'm covered all around.

blackace
blackace

 @oOXaianOo 

Now they are wondering why they aren't selling as many as they thought they would sell during Black Friday. lol!! They had to cut their orders in half because there are still thousands of them M$ retail stores.

Zloth2
Zloth2

 @oOXaianOo

 It's not a tablet - it's a laptop crammed into a tablet.

Daian
Daian

 @WllDan7 I'm really getting tired of saying this is a laptop that can be used as tablet, not just another tablet.

WllDan7
WllDan7

@Daian no this is a tablet. The product page says tablet so it is a tablet. Not a laptop a tablet. A expensive tablet that is not going to compete with the ipad or android tablets.

mlcarter815
mlcarter815

@Daian why would anyone want a that heavy of a tablet? Might as well get an ultra book at that point. At least then you don't have to spend an extra $100 for a keyboard.

ACWH
ACWH

 @Daian  @WllDan7 Why can't you just accept that people feel it's too expensive? Technically it's not a laptop it is a tablet or at least that's what M$ want people to believe. Personally I would rather have a touch screen ultrabook.