Microsoft has launched the tablet Surface along with Windows 8 and Windows RT, but the release date and the richer specifications of the superior version Surface Pro that will run Windows 8 Pro, have not been disclosed yet. At the end of the month just ended, Microsoft has officially announced that Surface Pro will arrive in stores in January and the prices are $ 899 and $ 999.
Compared to Surface, which runs Windows RT and attacks the market of classic Android and iOS tablets, Surface Pro is based on an x86 architecture, running Windows 8 Pro and is a rival for Ultrabook models running the same operating system.
The platform chosen by Microsoft for Surface Pro is an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge, a product with a maximum TDP of 17W, which is seconded by a memory capacity of 4GB RAM. Embedded graphics accelerator Intel HD Graphics 4000 motorizes the 10.6” screen, with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a capacitive surface with ten points of contact, as well as a Mini DisplayPort output with maximum resolution of 2560 x 1440.
Surface Pro will be available in two versions, 64 and 128GB of internal storage, its prices following to be $899 and $999, respectively. Equipment list also includes a digital pen, a USB 3.0 port, camera with 720p resolution, MicroSDXC slot, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n interfaces, microphone and a full suite of sensors, including accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope. As in the case of the Surface, the 3G/4G modem versions will be announced later, currently being available only in Wi-Fi versions.
Compared to Surface, Surface Pro has larger size and weight, but this was expected given that it uses an x86 processor. The casing covered with magnesium alloy now has dimensions of 27.5 x 17.3 x 1.35 centimeters, 43% thicker than the Surface and the total weight is 907 grams, which will also add optional the Touch Keyboard Cover or Type Cover, which are not included in the default package.
The battery jumped to a capacity of 42Wh, but the ‘life’ period estimated by Microsoft is of about 4 hours, half of that of the Surface. This can hardly be called a surprise, Surface Pro having an autonomy similar to the one offered by the thin Ultrabook models.