Microsoft will begin selling Surface Pro tablet on February 9

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On February 9,  Microsoft will make the  Surface Pro tablet available in retail sales in the U.S. and Canada. Unlike standard Surface omitting “Pro”, equipped with ARM-processor running Windows RT, high-end model can be called a full-fledged PC in the form of a tablet.

Supplier of processors for Surface Pro is Intel, as the OS will use standard desktop Windows 8. This means that the new product can run any standard Windows-based application, which is not true, for example, on Windows-smartphone.

When developing a gadget to Microsoft have considered the most common complaints against chief rival so far – iPad. In Surface Pro is provided as a full-sized USB-port and a memory card slot, which is present even in the most “stuffed” configuration with 128 GB of memory.

With model Surface Pro plans to strike not only at the positions of the iPad, but also “chew off” the market share of laptops and especially – ultrabooks. The new tablet further blurs the lines between devices – Surface Pro is more a ultrabook with detachable keyboard, rather than the tablet. Yes, and the new level of performance, as promised by Microsoft, superbly qualified “compete” with the ultrabook.

Microsoft’s press release:

“Microsoft Corp. nowadays introduced that its Floor household of PCs is rising. Its latest variation — Floor Home windows eight Professional — shall be that you can purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in america and Canada in any respect Microsoft retail shops, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Highest Purchase within the U.S., in addition to from various areas in Canada.”

By using the best way, removable keyboard bargains two choices. Contact-Keyboard, because the title implies, is a fully flat delicate floor with “painted” buttons. Fanatics of the normal set of options rather thicker Kind-display keyboard with the “actual”, ie mechanical keys. And he or she and the opposite key options in colour.

Western observers who have been fortunate sufficient to get the instrument to hit retail, word that Floor Professional can in reality lend a hand Microsoft get away of dropping streak. Then again, if gross sales go smartly, Microsoft may just absorb hands towards the outdated market companions “iron” – HP, Dell and others. After producing machine Microsoft made up our minds to do on their very own – cash contract handed by way of carriers.

Then again, the large worth that Microsoft asks for Floor Professional, provides cause to doubt the success of gross sales. A adaptation with sixty four GB of reminiscence prices $899, however with 128GB – $a hundred dearer. And it’s – with out the removable keyboard! Contact will price an extra $119, and mechanical – to $129. For costs out of doors of North The us is just not said.