Surface Pro price tag: $899

Microsoft's upcoming full Windows 8 Pro tablet will cost more than the Windows RT Surface, but maybe not as much as we first expected.

Josh Lowensohn

Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Windows RT Surface and its much more PC-like Windows 8 Surface Pro sibling, the big question has been about price. Well, consider the question answered: the Surface Pro will cost $899 for a 64GB version, and $999 for 128GB of storage.

A full ultrabook-level Intel Core i5 processor, 10.6-inch 1,920x1,080-pixel display, 4GB of RAM, and an included Surface Pen are some of the Surface Pro's distinguishing features. Those sexy Touch Covers and Type Covers, both of which are compatible with the Surface Pro, will be sold separately. The real question, of course, will be whether having a full Windows 8 experience on a tablet will be enough to stand out against similar products from other manufacturers, and whether the overall performance will make sense versus a convertible laptop like the Lenovo Yoga .

The Windows RT version of the Surface starts at $499, with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 32GB of storage. The Surface Pro starts $400 higher, and falls more in line with the prices of full Windows 8 laptops and ultrabooks.

Stay tuned for more when the Surface Pro comes out in January.

Read the full CNET Review

Microsoft Surface RT

The Bottom Line: If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps. / Read full review

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro (64GB)

The Bottom Line: The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device. / Read full review

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.

 

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