Microsoft 64GB Surface Pro only has 23GB (open)

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Redmond recently 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 is slated to be available at a number of retailers, including Microsoft's official store, Staples and Best Buy.

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."

However, it should be noted that the 64GB base model only offers 23GB of space for actual use. Meanwhile, the 128GB version offers 83GB for use, which is somewhat better, although as Engadget point out, the loss still represents a massive 45GB allocated to the full Windows 8 OS and related applications.

"The 128 GB version of Surface Pro has 83 GB of free storage out of the box. The 64GB version of Surface Pro has 23GB of free storage out of the box," Microsoft confirmed in an official statement.

"Of course, Surface Pro has a USB 3.0 port for connectivity with almost limitless storage options, including external hard drives and USB flash drives. Surface also comes pre-loaded with SkyDrive, allowing you to store up to 7GB of content in the cloud for free. The device also includes a microSDXC card slot that lets you store up to 64GB of additional content to your device. Customers can also free up additional storage space by creating a backup bootable USB and deleting the recovery partition."

As previously discussed on TG Daily, 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.