Microsoft: Surface Windows 8 Pro launching on Feb. 9, pricing starts at $899 for 64GB model

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| January 22, 2013

Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft has let loose a whole mess of Surface news this morning, including specific retail availability information for its Surface Windows 8 Pro model. The Redmond firm today revealed that the Intel Core i5-powered Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch on Feb. 9 (a tad later than its previous estimate) at Microsoft's retail stores and its Surface website as well as Best Buy and Staples locations. The Surface Windows 8 Pro will be available in either with 64GB of storage for $899 or 128GB of memory for $999, and both versions will include a Surface pen stylus.

The Surface Windows 8 Pro differs from its Surface Windows RT sibling in that while the RT model can only run apps from the Windows Store, the Windows 8 Pro unit runs straight up Windows 8 (as the name implies) and can also run Windows 7 desktop apps. The Surface Windows 8 Pro features a 10.6-inch 1920x1080 touchscreen and a camera on its face, along with a second camera around back. Buried inside its VaporMg casing is an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage, USB 3.0 port and a microSDXC card slot.

While the Surface Windows 8 Pro is quite a bit pricier than the Surface Windows RT, the fact that it includes an Intel Core i5 processor and can run Windows 7 desktop apps means that it's a more viable laptop replacement than the the RT model. Of course, the opinion on whether or not the Surface Windows 8 Pro and a keyboard cover could actually replace a laptop in daily use will vary from person to person. The good news is that anyone interested in finding that out first-hand will be able to do so in just a couple of weeks.

Next up, Microsoft revealed that it also plans to offer a standalone 64GB version of the ARM-powered Surface Windows RT device. The company currently offers the 64GB slate on its website in a bundle with a black Touch Cover for $699, but this new version will come with just the Surface Windows RT tablet and a price tag of $599, giving customers the ability to pick up the larger Surface Windows RT model and select the keyboard cover of their choosing.

Also unveiled today is a set of some Surface accessories. A limited edition set of Touch Cover models will be offered in red, magenta or cyan, each with a special design printed on them. Those covers will be priced at $129.99 each. Microsoft also introduced a Surface Edition Wedge Touch Mouse for $69.95. Microsoft's full announcement for all of its new products can be found right here. Would you consider opening your wallet for any of the products detailed today by Microsoft?

Microsoft Surface limited edition Touch Covers

Via Microsoft