Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Coming in January, Starting at $900

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The version of the Microsoft Surface tablet running Windows RT will soon be joined by one with Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft has just revealed the prices for this model.

There are going to be two options for Surface Pro buyers: the one with 64GB of storage will cost $900, while a version with 128GB of storage will be $1000. These will come with a stylus dubbed the Surface pen, which will have Palm Block technology. They will not, however, be bundled with a Touch Cover or Type Cover. These will be sold separately, at $120 and $130, respectively.

Aside from “January”, Microsoft did not say when the Surface Pro will be released.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Surface RT vs. Surface Pro

The two versions of the Microsoft Surface will have a lot in common, but there will be differences as well. The most notable of these is the Pro’s processor, an Intel Core i5, rather than an ARM-based chip. In addition, the upcoming version will have a higher-resolution 10.6-inch screen: 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The Surface Pro will include a full-size USB 3.0 port, plus a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560 x 1440 pixels.

Because it will run Windows 8 Pro, the upcoming version of this tablet will be able to run software written for Windows 7 and earlier. The Surface RT cannot.

Be sure to read our Microsoft Surface RT review, and watch a video of Windows 8 running on a tablet.

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