Microsoft Surface Pro Launch: If you have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro, the wait is almost over. At least this seems to be the case based on a recent tweet from the company.
Earlier today, Panos Panay, general manager of Microsoft’s Surface products, tweeted the following:
“On my way to the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks”
If anybody would know when the Surface Pro is being released it would be Panay.
According to an article by CNET, the timing of the release is no great surprise:
“This should be of no great surprise, of course. When Microsoft announced the Surface tablet last year, it said the Windows 8 Pro model would be available about 90 days after the release of the Surface RT. That model was released on October 26, so the 90-day mark is fast approaching.”
With a starting price of $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version, it is easy to see that the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro is priced above other tablets, such as the iPad from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL).
Why the big price difference? Here is some more information from the CNET article:
“Other specs include an Intel Ivy Bridge processor — that’s the fast Core Series chip found in Windows 8 laptops — a 16:9 ClearType display sporting a 1,920×1,080 resolution and goodies like a Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution. And Windows 8 Pro of course.”
The question in the mind of most is this: is the Surface Pro really worth the money? Sure, it is loaded with a lot of high level specs but this does not necessarily translate into sales.
To answer this question, it is important to consider the following: the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro is more of a laptop than a tablet. Here is what CNET Reviews had to say: