$900 Microsoft Windows 8 Surface Pro launches on Feb 9

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Microsoft has confirmed that its Intel-powered Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet will launch on February 9, 2013.

The device - which is equipped with a Core i5 processor - starts at $900 and will be available at a number of retailers, including Microsoft's official store, Staples and Best Buy.

Unlike Microsoft's $500 ARM-powered Surface RT, the Surface Pro can run all Windows 7 desktop software - in addition to the current generation of Windows 8 apps.

The Surface Pro will be available in 64GB and 128GB configurations. Both models are packaged with a Surface pen built around Block technology, which allows users to edit, collaborate and "get things done."

Additional accessories, such as the Touch Cover and Type Cover, carry a price tag of $120 and $130, respectively.

Microsoft also announced a slew of new accessories for its tablet lineup, including three touch covers (red, magenta and cyan) for $130, along with a Wedge Touch Mouse for $70.

It remains unclear if Microsoft's Pro tablet will be more popular than its RT counterpart, which likely sold fewer than 1 million units, at least according to some estimates.

Analysts at UBS believe Microsoft will sell a total of 2.5 million Surface Pro tablets for all of fiscal 2013.