As many earlier adopters and review sites have mentioned about Microsoft’s first tablet, the Surface RT doesn’t run Windows programs. But the follow-up to the RT is the Surface Pro, and this one will run all Windows programs for the hefty price of $899, according to an announcement made by Microsoft today.
No Touch Cover for you
The steep price of $899 gives you full Windows 8 capability on the Surface Pro and access to the complete range of Windows-based programs. But even at this high price, Microsoft will still ding you by making you shell out an additional $120-$130 for a flat-surface type cover.
Two versions for your wallet
The basic 64GB version sells for $899 while the 128GB will lighten your wallet by a cool $999. The Surface Pro will be ready for sale on February 9 at Microsoft retail stores, Microsoftstore.com, Staples, Best Buy, and other major retailers in the United States and Canada.
Some industry watchers wonder if Microsoft’s pricing strategy for its top-of-the-line tablets may sink the Surface before it even has a chance to gain any traction with the buying public. In comparison, the iPad 4 costs $699 for the 64GB model, while the Surface Pro 64GB clocks in at $899.
So is the extra cost justified? When February 9 rolls around, the public will makes its voice heard on whether the Surface Pro price is right.