Microsoft was allegedly going to launch the Surface Pro in January. That did not work out as planned. Microsoft announced today that the Surface Pro will release on February 9th. Very few countries will be seeing the tablet launch on February 9th though.
The company still plans on releasing the tablet in other markets. ”It will be available initially in the US and Canada with additional markets to follow in the coming weeks and months,” says a spokesperson. While the wait is unfortunate this is could be a smart move.
The original Surface had confusing shipping delays thanks to misinformed representatives. Customers in the U.K. were informed that their Surface would arrive on Oct. 26th, 2012. That date was the shipping date and not the delivery date, a supervisor told ZDNet’s Matt Reynolds.
Microsoft gave out free £50 gift cards to those affected. That was enough to snag a copy of Windows 8. No doubt Microsoft is looking to avoid another PR storm.
Microsoft will offer a 64GB and a 128GB model at $899 and $999, respectively. Both models will feature a 10.6-inch high definition screen and an Intel Core i5 processor. This makes the Surface Pro’s hardware significantly better than the Surface’s. Additionally, both Surface Pro’s have support for Touch and Type covers.
The Surface Pro will run a full version of Windows 8 unlike its predecessor. This means that the tablet will be able to support existing desktop applications. Not just applications based around Windows 8.
Microsoft will make available three new Touch Covers for the Surface Pro. These new Touch Covers are available for a limited time. Microsoft will also be making available a special Wedge Touch Mouse for the Surface Pro.
Will anyone be picking up the Surface Pro on launch day or is everyone keen on sticking with their Android tablets?
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I have a Lenovo Twist, and there are plenty of times I wish I could just detach the screen from the keyboard. If I don’t get a Surface Pro, I might get an Asus Windows 8 ultrabook. I think Android+Win8 is a pretty great combo for getting work done. My Nexus 7 can handle all the “fun” stuff.