It’s official – Microsoft has confirmed that the Surface Pro Tablet release date is coming for US and Canadian customers on February 9th. Putting to rest over a year of speculation as to when exactly the high-end Windows 8 tablet from the Redmond software giant would actually make its grand arrival, we not know that the questions so many of us have been asking will be answered once and for all in little over two weeks.
In stark contrast with the Surface RT tablet which released last fall to relatively little fanfare and praise, the Microsoft Surface Pro runs a full-fat Windows 8 operating system which is compatible with all current and past Windows apps and programs. The RT tablet was largely panned by critics and consumers alike for offering nothing close to the full Windows 8 experience and essentially delivering little reason to be chosen over established tablets like the iPad with exponentially larger app libraries.
Along with the most dizzying array of top-level specs and features ever seen in a tablet PC, the Surface Pro Tablet also carries the most eye-watering price-tag the market has been faced with to date. The cheaper of the storage configurations (64GB) will hit the shelves next month for $899 while the 128GB model will go for $999 – neither of which includes the Touch Cover keyboard that has become the biggest trademark of the Surface Tablet range across the board.
Those interested in completing the package with said Touch Cover will have to hand over another $120.
As such, it has proved extremely difficult for critics and consumers alike to find any realistic gap in the market for the Surface Pro to fill, given the way in which vastly superior notebooks PCs and market-dominating tablets are already available for considerably lower prices.
Microsoft nevertheless remains hugely confident in the range – we’ll find out soon enough if they know something the rest of us don’t.