Surface Pro Windows 8 Tablet Starting to Appear in Microsoft Stores

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The official launch date for the Surface Pro isn’t until this weekend, but this tablet running Windows 8 is already showing up in Microsoft’s own retail stores. The Surface Pro is not yet available for sale, however. The device is instead available for potential customers to get some hands-on time before making a buying decision. The tablet is going to be released on Saturday, Feb. 9.

There are Microsoft stores and kiosks scattered around the country generally, concentrated in large cities, so they are relatively near a great many people.

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There are going to be two options for Surface Pro buyers: a version with 64GB of storage will cost $900, while a version with 128GB of storage will be $1000. Both will have an Intel Core i5 processor.

The tablet will have a 10.6-inch screen, with a resolution of 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, which was introduced in the fall, cannot.

The device will come with a stylus dubbed “the Surface pen”, which will have Palm Block technology. However, neither version will be bundled with a Touch Cover or Type Cover. These will be sold separately, at $120 and $130, respectively.

The version of the Surface that was released in the fall runs Window RT, and therefore has a different type of processor and no backward compatibility with previous software. It also has a lower-resolution screen. On the other hand, it also has a lower price and longer battery life.

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