Microsoft Surface Pro hits $999 for 128GB

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Microsoft has confirmed pricing for its Intel x86-powered Surface tablet: $899 for the 64GB standalone iteration and $999 for the 128GB standalone version. Both will be available in January 2013.

Want a touch cover or a type cover? Well, you'll have to shell out an additional $120 and $130, respectively. However, the two tablets do include a Surface pen with Palm Block technology. As expected, the general appearance of the devices are pretty much the same as the Surface RT, with dark titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas and a kickstand.

Instead of a RISC-based Nvidia Tegra 3 ARM processor, the Surface Pro is equipped with Intel’s x86 Core i5 processor that drives a 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display running at a full HD resolution of 1920x1080.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, while its Mini DisplayPort is capable of driving an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. Surface with Windows 8 Pro also allows users to run Windows 7 desktop applications - with Microsoft hyping the device as both a full PC and a tablet.

Hence the high price point for Surface with Windows 8 Pro, which weighs in at under two pounds and measures less than 14 millimeters thick.

It should be noted that Microsoft's Surface RT tablet starts at $499 for 32GB (without a touch cover), $599 for 32GB with a touch cover and $699 for 64GB with a touch cover.