By Anu Passary email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 05, 2013 08:46 AM EST
With just days to go before Microsoft's much-awaited Surface Pro tablet hits the shelves, the excitement is palpable. Fans who are keen to get a glimpse of the tablet can now do so as the Surface Pro has shown up in retail stores before its Feb. 9 release date.
Initially, the Surface Pro may was slated for a Jan. 22 release, which was later rescheduled by the company to Feb. 9 for U.S. and Canada, with the base model priced at $899.
Now, per an Engadget report, the Surface Pro is on display at Best Buy, Staples, and the Microsoft store. Eager consumers in the U.S. and Canada can't purchase the tablet yet, but can check it out at these stores.
"Those of us lucky enough to work for gadget sites got to check out the Surface Pro last month. Now you can too, dear reader -- if you happen to live near a store that got one early. Although shoppers in the US and Canada can't actually purchase it until February 9th, the device is already on display at some retail locations. Sadly, there's no way for us to confirm which stores have it (short of making a few road trips), but we do know that it's going to be available at Best Buy and Staples in the US, along with Microsoft Stores," reported Engadget.
The Surface Pro is scheduled to hit the Canadian and U.S. shelves first with other markets to follow suit; however, Microsoft has not given a time frame for the latter.
Microsoft has the 64GB and 128GB Surface Pro models priced at $899 and $999, respectively. However, a Microsoft spokesperson recently let on that the 64GB and 128GB models will only have 23GB and 83GB of free storage, respectively.
Both the variants feature a 10.6-inch HD screen, an Intel Core i5 processor, Windows 8, and a pressure-sensitive Surface pen (with Palm Block technology) to "let customers edit, collaborate and get things done."
Additionally, recently, Microsoft also announced a reservation card for the Surface Pro, which ensures that you get to pick up the tablet on Feb. 9 itself.
If you want a hands-on experience with the Surface Pro before the Feb. 9 release, head to one of the above-mentioned retail stores right away to get a dekko at the demo unit.