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Microsoft Surface Pro pricing beginning at $899

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by Chloe Albanesius, 30 Nov 2012News
Microsoft Surface Pro pricing beginning at $899

Microsoft has released US pricing details for the Pro version of its Surface tablet, which will make its debut in January.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in two options: 64GB for $899 (£560) or 128GB for $999 (£623). Both versions will come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology and support Microsoft's Touch Cover or Type Cover, which come in at $119.99 (£75) and $129.99 (£81), respectively.

Palm Block only recognises the touch of the included pen, so handwriting will not be interrupted if you accidentally put your palm on the Surface's screen.

The Surface Pro runs the full version of Windows 8, whereas its Surface RT counterpart - priced between £399 - £559 - runs on the more economical ARM processor, and is not compatible with the majority of existing software made for Windows 7 and XP.

On the outside, "Surface with Windows 8 Pro uses the same familiar elegant design principles as Surface with Windows RT including the Dark Titanium VaporMg casing, dual 2x2 MIMO antennas designed specifically for Surface and of course the kickstand," Microsoft said in a blog post.

Inside, however, the Surface Pro will run an Intel Core i5 processor, which Microsoft said will provide a graphics boost for the 1,920 x 1,080 display. There is also a full-sized USB 3.0 port, while the Mini DisplayPort can push an external display to 2,560-by-1,440 resolution, Microsoft said.

"Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run your current Windows 7 desktop applications – it's a full PC AND a tablet," Microsoft said.

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