/// Microsoft Puts Price Tag on Intel-Powered Surface Pro, With Models Starting at $899
It won’t be available until January, but Microsoft said Thursday that its Intel-powered Surface Pro tablet will start at $899. That price is for the 64 gigabyte model, with a 128GB model selling for $999. Both models include a digital pen, but don’t include either of the two keyboard covers, which cost roughly an additional $130. “It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since Surface with Windows RT hit the market,” Surface project head Panos Panay said in a blog post . “The response from Surface customers has been fantastic and exciting to see.” The Nvidia-powered Surface RT went on sale at Microsoft stores and via its Web site on Oct. 26, and starts at $499 . The Intel-equipped Surface pro uses a similar casing, and includes the signature kickstand, but is bigger on both the specifications front and when it comes to size and weight. Its core i5 chip powers a 1,920 pixel by 1,080 pixel display. And because it is running an Intel chip and Windows 8 rather than an ARM processor and Windows RT, Surface Pro can run existing Windows programs, as opposed to only those designed for the Windows 8 store. It is heavier and thicker than the current Surface RT model, coming in at just under two pounds and 14 millimeters thick. Microsoft announced both Surface models back in June , but until now had said relatively little about the Intel-powered model. The company said earlier this week that it has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses, but hasn’t commented on Surface sales specifically, other than a comment by CEO Steve Ballmer that it was off to a modest start .
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