The Microsoft Surface Pro release date next year is to be not only one of the most interesting in years from a critical standpoint, but also one of the most crucial and significant in the history of Microsoft. In a similar vein to RIM’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 arrival, equal numbers have already panned the Surface Pro as an outright disaster and praised what is to be the most powerful and impressive tablet PC seen to date.
Said power comes at a price however and the ‘cheaper’ 64GB version of the Surface Pro will retail for $899, without the Touch Cover that has already become one of the Surface range’s most attractive and important features.
In the meantime however, Samsung is looking to make waves with a Windows 8 tablet destined to give the Surface Pro a run for its money. Known as the Samsung ATIV Smart PC, the device has much in common with both the Surface tablet and others like the Asus Transformer which are able to be used as desktop/laptop PCs with the use of a docking station.
Spec-wise, the ATIV Smart PC packs a Clover Trail dual-core processor under the hood, a generous 2GB of RAM, storage options of 128GB or 64GB and an 11.6-inch screen serving up 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. It weighs in at a slender 1.16 pounds and, perhaps in something of a fatal blow to the Surface Pro, obliterates its Microsoft rival in terms of battery life by operating for just under nine hours.
The Surface Pro is so far understood to serve up 4.5 hours at best.
Exact prices and release dates for the Samsung ATIV Smart PC are yet to be revealed, but chances are that if the South-Korean firm is able to deliver the goods for a more realistic consumer price-tag, the Surface Pro will be in for quite the fight.