Though its release date is still unclear, Microsoft Surface Pro features are already talk of the town. If priced rightly it is going to give tough fight to Apple’s iPad 4 and other market leaders
It is going to be the savior of Redmond based software major. Microsoft has elaborate plans of launching its Windows RT and Windows Pro tablets in the market, but three months after the launch of its RT tablets, the company is struggling to keep its mood upbeat in eye of poor sales and bad projections.
But the company that has started dabbling in tablet market in a big way and aspires to launch its own Windows Phone 8 smart-phones in the next few months says that its next Windows Pro tablet is going to be a lot more impressive than the RT and is going to be a best –seller in the market. Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface tablet, running on Windows 8 Pro OS, in the market by January next year. The Surface Pro, quite expensive, will cost you $899 for 64 GB version and $999 for 128 GB version.
The price mentioned above does not include one of the fancy keyboards that come with the Surface. Fancy Keyboards are sold separately and that will cost you additional $120. However, it is not clear from the release whether Microsoft will discount them if you buy Surface Pro. Kirkland analyst Wes Miller said “At that price, by the time you add the keyboard you’re at the price of an 11-inch MacBook,”
The Surface Pro is supposed to be a laptop replacement as with Intel chip it can runs almost all Windows applications, including Windows 7 applications. Earlier version, Surface RT was not able to run application such as Photoshop, however, tag price of RT was $400 less than Surface Pro.
The Intel-based Surface Pro will also feature a Core i5 processor with integrated graphics to power a 10.6-inch display running at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a Mini Display Port that can power an external display up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Surface Pro features 10-point multi-touch support
All Surface Pro models will come with a Surface Pen, Microsoft’s proprietary stylus, with Palm Block technology. The hardware also features 4 gigabytes of RAM, a USB 3.0 port, and the full Windows 8 operating system.
Like the ARM-based Surface RT, Surface Pro features a Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2×2 MIMO antennas, and a built-in kickstand. The professional-level machine will also weigh less than two pounds and be less than 14 millimeters thick.
Surface Pro has not relatively improved battery life to runs it power consuming processor. Surface RT tablets run power-efficient ARM processors, which kills less battery life than the Surface Pro. In fact, despite featuring a smaller 31.5Wh battery, our Surface RT tablet has provided between 8 to 9 hours of battery life. Meanwhile, Microsoft has confirmed that Surface Pro tablets (with 42Wh batteries) will only provide half the battery life of Surface RT tablets.
Pricing is disappointing as one would prefer to buy a laptop or a powerful PC over Surface Pro. According to Wes Miller the price for the Surface with Windows 8 Pro is more reasonable if a user is planning to have the machine double as a tablet and a full personal computer.
However, sources revealed that Microsoft may also consider slashing the price of its upcoming Surface Pro in a move to boost sales and make the device more attractive to consumers. But it is unlikely as this move would deteriorate the company’s relationship with the vendors.