The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available for $899 for the 64 GB model and $999 for the 128 GB. The tablet will include a digitizer pen, but not a cover. The Touch Cover and Type Cover options will be sold separately. Microsoft says the tablet will go on sale in January, but hasn’t specified a date.
Compared to the Surface RT tablet, the Pro model is both thicker and heavier, at 2 pounds and 0.53 inches thick, compared to the RT’s 1.5 pounds and 0.37 inches. It also has a higher resolution screen, 1920×1080, compared to the RT’s 1366×768.
With the higher resolution, Intel Core i5 chip, and ability to run full Windows computer applications it promises to be more computer-like, but that comes with an un-tablet-like drawback – the Surface with Windows 8 Pro will only deliver about half the battery life of the RT tablet, meaning about 4.5 hours. Despite a larger battery on the Pro (42 W-h compared to 31.5 W-h), that big Intel chip will be using a lot more power than the ARM processor in the RT.
What do you think about the power and weight/size tradeoffs? Do you view this as a very trim computer, or a bloated power-hungry tablet? Do you plan to buy one, and if so, how do you plan to use it? Let us know in the comments.