Beginning tomorrow, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablet will be available online and at select retailers for a price beginning at US$899. Microsoft will sell the device directly through the Microsoft Store, and major retailers Best Buy and Staples. The device is only the second tablet to be released directly by Microsoft, the first being the Surface RT released late last year running Windows 8 RT.
Microsoft is attempting to position the Surface Pro against laptops and ultrabooks more than existing tablet offerings, as the functionality of the device includes a full operating system rather than a scaled-down or mobile version. The $899 starting price reflects this positioning, as most high-end tablets in the size range of the Surface Pro begin at just $499.
The Surface Pro will feature a 10.6-inch HD display that serves as a 10-point touchscreen. Powering the device will be an Intel Core i5 processor, and the device will have 64GB of solid state storage, although double that will be available in a more expensive model. Available ports on the Surface Pro include USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, headset jack, microSDXC, and a “cover port” for plugging in Microsoft’s signature touch-keyboard cover.