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It’s been a little over a month since Microsoft graced us with their Windows RT tablet, Microsoft Surface, and Microsoft is now announcing pricing for its bigger brother, the beefier, Windows-8-fueled Surface tablet. Microsoft has stated that pricing for the Surface will start at $900 for the model with 64GB of internal storage, and $1,000 for the 128GB model. Both devices will be featuring Windows 8 Pro, Intel Core i5 processors, and 10.1-inch 1080p HD display.
The Surface tablets, both Windows RT based, and Windows 8 powered, were announced back in June, but it hasn’t been until now that Microsoft has revealed pricing for the more powerful tablet, featuring Windows 8 along with its new Modern UI interface. The tablet has also been given a higher resolution, officially garnering a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution in lieu of a previously rumored 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro also features USB 3.0, 4GB of RAM, a DisplayPort with a 2560 x 1440 output resolution, front and rear camera, and weighs about 1.5 pounds.
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro is in a bit of a magic sweet spot, as its $900 price point, while much greater than the $500 Windows RT Surface price, is not much more expensive than an iPad with similar storage capacity, but also cheaper than Samsung’s ATIV PC with Windows 8, and most Windows 8 Ultrabooks with or without touch connectivity. As a result, this may be the true dream device Microsoft hopes to features to consumers as the balance between having a lightweight tablet with Windows 8 and not breaking the bank. The Surface with Windows 8 Pro is expected to be released sometime in January, and no pre-order or retailer availability has been announced as of yet.