After only a month of the release of Microsoft’s Surface with Windows RT, the company has just announced that Surface with Windows 8 Pro would be available sometime in January 2013 and here are prices for the two upcoming versions: Surface Pro with 64GB will cost $899 and the 128GB version will cost $999.
As expected either version of the Surface Pro will come bundled with a pen with Palm Block technology that prevents interruptions by accidentally placing your palm on the screen while you write, and of course you can opt for the Touch Cover or the Type Cover, both sold separately.
The most noticeable different, if you compare the RT with the Pro version, is that the new model comes with a 3rd generation Core i5 processor, it has full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) screen and a Mini DisplayPort that is capable to output a maximum screen resolution of up to 2560×1440 pixels. Additionally, Surface with Windows 8 Pro comes with a full-size USB 3.0 port.
Remember that having an x86 Intel-based processor also means the full-blown version of Windows 8 and the ability to install any Windows compatible applications, including Photoshop, the newly release iTunes 11, Google Chrome, and Office 2013 with Outlook, just to name a few. However, keep in mind that Office 2013 will not come preinstalled with the device, you’ll need to buy the suite separately.
You also may be asking yourself: What is the battery life of the Surface Pro like? Right? According to the @Surface Twitter account, it will be half of the current RT version of the tablet or 4-5 hours.
Now, you have a choice to make: Surface RT or Surface Pro? To help you decide you can check here both versions hardware specs:
|Model||Surface with Windows RT||Surface with Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating System||Windows RT||Windows 8 Pro|
|Software||Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote).||Runs current Windows 7 desktop applications and integrates with your existing enterprise management infrastructure.|
|Buttons||Volume and Power||Volume and Power|
|Color||Dark Titanium||Dark Titanium|
|Weight||676g (1.5lbs)||903g (Less than 2lbs)|
|Resolution||1366x768 pixels||1920x1080 pixels|
|Clear||10.6" ClearType HD Display||10.6" ClearType Full HD Display|
|Pen Input||Capacitive pens available for purchase||Pen input and pen (included with purchase)|
|Multi-Touch||5-point multi-touch||10-point multi-touch|
|CPU||1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 (ARM)||1.7GHz 3rd Gen Intel Core i5-3317U Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)||Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)|
|Audio||Two microphones and stereo speakers||Two microphones and stereo speakers|
|Cameras||Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing||Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing|
|Power Supply||24W power-supply||48W power-supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass||Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass|
|Ports||USB 2.0, Micro HD Video out port, 2x2 MINO antennae, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, cover port||USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, 2x2 MINO antennae, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, cover port|
|Productivity||Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover||Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pent with Palm Block|
|Practical||VaporMg Case & kickstand||VaporMg Case & kickstand|
|Warranty||2-years limited hardware warranty||2-years limited hardware warranty|
|Apps (included)||Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging, SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music; Video, and Games.||Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music; Video, and Games.|
|Storage||32 GB, 64 GB||64 GB, 128 GB|
|Security||Device encryption and comes with Windows Defender.||Provides enhanced networking and IT management. BitLocker drive encryption, use Remote Desktop, Active Directory, and Client Hyper-V. Compatible with third party applications.|
|Connectivity||Always connected, even when in standby mode. Connected standby keeps apps up-to-date.||Connectivity off when hibernating/sleeping to preserve battery.|
|Charge||Enjoy up to 8 hours of battery life.||Enjoy up to 5 hours of battery life.|
|Price||$499 for the 32GB version without Touch Cover|
$599 for the 32GB version with Touch Cover
$699 for the 64GB version with Touch Cover
|$899 for the 64GB version|
$999 for the 128GB version