Microsoft has announced a price tag for its high-end iPad rival the Surface Pro. The cheapest version of the tablet will set you back $899 (around £560). It will arrive next year.
The software giant hasn’t announced its UK prices yet. US tablet fans who would want to get their hands on the device that runs the full version of Windows 8 will have to cough up $899 for the 64GB variant or $999 (around £622) for the 128GB variant. If they would want to get the Touch Cover keyboard, it will cost them an extra $100.
The Surface Pro sports an Intel-made processor, which means you can install applications you normally install on your PC. The Surface sports an ARM chip, which means only mobile apps can be installed. Furthermore, it can only access certain type of files.
The Surface Pro sports a full HD display. However, it is a bit heavier compared to the Surface RT. This is due to the larger battery required to power the device.
The Surface RT was released towards the end of October, but has now been delayed. Microsoft has offered £50-worth of compensation to customers. It has also been criticised for not offering the full 32GB of on board memory, since Windows 8 uses up a portion of the internal memory. Users can only use 20GB.
The Microsoft Surface Pro will be available in the US in January. Although the Redmond firm has not confirmed its UK pricing yet, were sure it will cost an arm and a leg since devices have a tendency to be more expensive. Adding VAT to the price tag will make it even more expensive.
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