Back in June 2012 – though it feels like a lifetime ago, Microsoft confirmed the world’s growing suspicions that the Surface Pro and Surface RT Tablets were indeed a reality and would be coming…if not exactly soon. The slightly lower-calorie Surface RT Tablet running a stripped-back version of Windows 8 hit the shelves on October 26th as planned, while the Surface pro was tipped to arrive about three months later.
Well, here we are said three months further down the line and we’re still waiting with bated breath for Microsoft to grace us with an official release date for the Surface Pro, which has become the most hotly debated tablet PC since Apple rolled out the first iPad in 2010.
It seems as though Microsoft is attempting something of a 180 when it comes to unveiling the Surface Pro, having already let us know that the device will start from a lofty $899, but not yet letting us know how much time we’ve left to save up. With the RT, they gave us the release date well in advance of the release date, but disclosed the price less than two weeks prior to launch.
And the $899 only refers to the US market – Microsoft is still very much tight-lipped about the rest of the world.
Why all the secrecy? Given the speculation and rather skeptical air surrounding the super-premium tab, why keep us all waiting?
A scattering of hands-on experiences at CES 2013 gave us some good insights as to what to expect performance-wise, but the Surface Pros present were pre-production models.
And a recent Tweet straight from the horse’s mouth has told us little other than the Surface Pro will land in the “coming weeks.” But how many? Another six? Eight? Twelve?
In theory, the Surface Pro release date could be penciled in for as early as this month, but realistically speaking we’re looking closer to mid-February at the earliest.
Let’s just hope this one is at least worth the wait.