The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro, better known as the Surface Pro for short, will be launching sometime in the month of January, but up to this date, Microsoft has yet to announce a specific release date. This has led to some speculation that Microsoft may not be releasing the Surface Pro in January after all, but most signs indicate that the 10.6-inch tablet will be hitting stores sometime later this month, just as Microsoft had earlier promised.
So far, it looks like the Surface Pro has passed through the FCC’s certification; a tablet with the internal label 1514 was submitted in December. It wasn’t specified at the time whether this tablet is the Surface Pro, but being that the tablet runs on Windows 8 and is just two digits away from the Surface RT’s 1516 label, it seems quite likely that the Surface Pro was indeed submitted for FCC approval last month.
The specifications of the Surface Pro suggest that this will be a tablet mainly designed for upscale enterprise users rather than average consumers who may only need a tablet for gaming, Internet and multimedia access and other “everyday” tasks. The Surface Pro’s 10.6-inch display is the same size as that of the Surface RT, but with a much higher pixel resolution of 1920 x 1080. Also, it comes with a faster processor (Intel Core i5) and more internal storage (64 GB or 128 GB). Of course, with such higher-end specs comes a higher price; the Surface Pro will start at $899 for the 64 GB version without Touch Cover. Microsoft has not yet announced whether it will offer Surface Pro packages with the Touch Cover bundled in, just like what it did with the Surface RT.
If the Surface Pro has a weakness in terms of specs, it would be the tablet’s battery life; Microsoft has estimated a lifespan of about 4-5 hours per full charge. Despite this and the comparatively high price, Microsoft hopes that the Surface Pro will be a success once released, unlike the Surface RT, which has failed to live up to sales expectations since its October 2012 launch.