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Microsoft confirms $900 price tag for Windows Surface Pro

29 Nov 2012
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Microsoft has reported that the Surface Pro tablet will retail for a starting price of $899.

The Surface Pro tablet starting price gets consumers a 64GB hard drive. A 128GB version of the tablet will cost $999. Neither version of the tablet include the Surface's keyboard.

Surface tablet keyboards will be available as add-on accessories. Microsoft sells its Touch Keyboard  for $120 for the and its Type Keyboard for $130.

Microsoft also touted the Surface Pro's ability to support pen inputs, which is included with both models of the Pro. According to general manager of Microsoft Surface, Panos Panay, the stylus-like pen is ideal for note takers.

"Surface with Windows 8 Pro will support Pen input," Panay in a blog post.

"This is an amazing feature for all you note-takers or document editors out there, especially since it has expanded capacitive and digitising technology we're calling Palm Block that will prevent your handwriting from getting interrupted if you accidentally place your palm on the screen as you write. This feature is pretty cool, and allows for a great inking experience alongside a great touch experience when needed."

The Surface Pro is an advanced model of the Surface RT. Microsoft's Pro tablet offers an USB 3.0 port, compared to the RT model's USB 2.0 offering.

Pro models also offer a higher screen resolution with a 1,920x1080 pixels 10.6-inch display. The resolution improves upon the RT's 1,366x768 pixels display.

Inside the Surface Pro consumers will find an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of memory. For comparison, the Surface RT runs a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and comes with 2GB of memory.

The Surface should be able to put the Intel processor to good use as the device has the ability to run Windows legacy apps.

Another key difference between the two Surface models is the price. The Pro model costs $400 more than its RT counterpart. Surface Pro prices also take it out of competition with the likes of iPads which sell for significantly less than the $899 price tag.

According to principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy Patrick Moorhead, the Surface Pro price tag makes sense for Microsoft. Moorhead told V3 that Microsoft is positioning the Surface Pro to compete in the ultrabook market and not the tablet field.

"The Surface Pro pricing is very high in relation to an iPad or a Nexus 10, but that's missing the point. The Surface Pro is an alternative to buying a notebook or Ultrabook, where it can command those prices," Moorhead said.

"Microsoft isn't disclosing details on which they are targeting, consumers or business people. If Microsoft sells through their major account teams to businesses, or sells through commercial channels, this would be big competition to Lenovo, HP and Dell."

Microsoft Surface Pro pricing and availability is so far unavailable for the UK market. When V3 got in contact with Microsoft for UK availability the firm declined to comment.

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James Dohnert
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James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club, CachedTech.com, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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