Despite Microsoft’s best attempts at spin, all reports point to the Surface RT being kind of a failure as far as tablets are concerned. Fans will still defend the device, however, and tell us to wait until the Surface Pro launches. The mythical Windows 8 device will show ’em all they say. Well, it will have its chance to show us what it can do early next month.
Microsoft announced today that the Surface Pro will be available starting February 9 from the company’s online and retail outlets, as well as from Staples and Best Buy. As reported last month, the tablet/laptop hybrid will start at $899 and come in two memory configurations – 64GB and 128GB.
The real advantage of the Surface Pro, however, comes in the fact that it runs Windows 8 Pro instead of Windows RT. In essence, it’s an Intel i5-powered Ultrabook that just so happens to think it’s a tablet. Microsoft even includes a touch pen with the Surface Pro for those who want to do design work on the device.
For those who want to make your Surface Pro a little more special, Microsoft will also be offering some special touch covers starting February 9. The three covers will retail for $129.99, and feature “unique laser-etched designs in three distinctive colors: red, magenta and cyan.”
In addition to the touch covers, Microsoft will also be releasing a special Surface edition of the Wedge mouse that is “specifically designed to complement the Surface experience in all its forms, providing four-way Touch scrolling and easy navigation at one’s fingertips.” It will retail for $69.95 and be available on February 9.
In some final news, Microsoft also announced that the Surface RT will be available in more countries in the coming weeks. Those living in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland will be able to get your Surface RT on soon. There’s no word on when these territories will get the Surface Pro.