According to Microsoft, here are some of the details that we’ve been waiting to find out regarding the Windows Surface Pro (Surface running Windows 8 Pro):
- It looks, from a hardware and form factor point of view, just like a regular surface
- It comes with a pen (stylus)
- It will be running Windows 8 Pro, which means Windows RT is not a limiting factor sandbox anymore.
- BitLocker for drive/data security (does anybody actually use this on their current Windows machine?)
- Mini DisplayPort HD connection for extra displays
- Full size USB 3.0 port
- Up to 128GB of storage
- Intel Core i5 Processor
- Price point starting at $899
- Due out in early 2013
So that’s what I know about the “Surface Pro” and its impending release early next year. They won’t be making the holiday season for 2012, but the “regular” (aka hamstrung, limited, WinRT version) Surface is all over the commercials and seems to have basically sponsored all of the NFL up through the Super Bowl, so no doubt many, many people will be getting a Surface for Christmas.
You can’t actually play with a Surface hands-on in any regular big box electronics store like Best Buy. Instead, you have to go to an actual Microsoft store. This is unfortunate, because I feel that the more people who actually get to touch, feel, and experience the Surface the more people are going to be impressed by it. The commercials don’t really do the device justice.
Time will tell if the Surface Pro lives up to expectations. Unfortunately, I’m still not going to buy one until I get a chance to play with it. $899 might not seem like much, but it’s a big chunk of change for a tablet-sized computer and I want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth.