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  • Microsoft announces Surface Pro tablet's pricing and availability

    After months and months of waiting, we've finally heard from Microsoft about pricing of it's "Next-Generation" Surface Pro tablet.

    On Thursday, Microsoft revealed the pricing of the Surface Pro and also said that it will begin shipping in January 2013.

    Excited? Well, it might be a bit of a downer, but the company has priced the tablet at $899 for the 64GB version while the 128GB version will set you back by $999.

    The Microsoft Surface Pro gets beefed up specifications as compared to it's younger sibling, the Surface RT. Under the hood, it packs an Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) process that's bundled with 4GB RAM.

    Quick Specs and Price:

    • 10.6-inch Full HD display
    • Intel core i5 processor;4GB RAM
    • 64GB/128GB SSD Storage; Micro-SD expansion
    • USB 3.0
    • Surface pen with palm-block technology
    • Price: $899 (64GB); $999(128GB)

    Sporting a 10.6-inch Full HD display (1920x1080 pixel resolution), the Surface Pro also features a USB 3.0 port and for storage, you've got two options - 64GB SSD and 128GB SSD.

    If you're that much on a tablet, the storage space might surely be a concers, but Microsoft takes care of this by adding a micro-SD card slot by which the users can expand the storage capabilities of the Surface Pro.

    Microsoft has also added a camera at the front and back of the device, both of which are capable of recording videos in 720p.

    The tablet would also come along with a Stylus , which Microsoft calls as the Surface Pen that features palm-block technology.

    You might remember seeing a touch cover (and type cover) when the Surface was showcased initially? Well, that does not comes as a part of the standard bundle and is listed as an optional accessory. This move from Microsoft has left us quite disappointed as at such a high price, we were expecting that the company would couple it with a keyboard that would make the usability of the tablet easier.

    Microsoft claims a battery life of just 4 hours on the Surface tablet which is another downer considering what it's rivals offer. But then again, the Surface Pro is made more on the lines of an Ultrabook than a tablet and offers full functionality, just a windows 8 computer. Considering that, the battery life might just be acceptable.

    There was a lot of hype around the Surface RT at the time of it's launch, but the hype didn't transform into sales for Microsoft. With the Surface Pro, Microsoft will surely hope that this time, the sales figures do all the talking!