Microsoft Surface Pro Release Date Set For Jan. 29 With $899 Price Tag?

4 January 2013, 11:06 pm EST By Vamien McKalin email: Mobile & Apps

The Surface Pro is Microsoft's second attempt at trying to get a foothold in the tablet market, though the company mind find it difficult doing it with a device that cost $899 and upwards.

Several reports are coming in that states the Microsoft Surface Pro running on Windows 8 will hit store shelves in late January. This fall in-line with Microsoft's report that the tablet will launch 90 days after the Surface RT with Windows RT inside.

According to The Verge, those who are waiting patiently to grab a Surface Pro will have to wait until the end of Jan, despite some reports claiming a CES timeframe. Furthermore, Softpedia came gunning with their own information, claiming the Surface Pro will go on sale on Jan 29, this according to sources close to the situation.

It doesn't seem as if Microsoft is any rush to get the Surface Pro into the hands of willing consumers, this could be a move to give the Surface RT more room to shine. With the tablet market being so hostile, Microsoft could find it difficult getting the Surface Pro off the ground in any meaningful way, since the device cost starts at a whopping $899 without the back cover/keyboard.

With the Surface RT not doing so well at retail despite being cheaper and better fitted for the tablet environment, it is unlikely the Surface Pro will do any better. It cost more, heavier, and battery life lasts a lot less, so even though the device is more powerful, it is not well suited being a tablet.

The Surface Pro comes packed with an Intel Core i5 processor, 1080p full HD display, 64GB SSD drive, HDMI, USB ports, and the full version of Windows 8.

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