Microsoft Confirms Surface Pro at $899

Microsoft says their Surface Pro tablet will start at $899 for the 64GB model, with the 128GB version $999. Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run current Windows 7 desktop applications and comes with an Intel processor.

Both of those prices reflect the “standalone” model, which means you’ll get a Surface pen/stylus, but a keyboard (included in the Touch or Type Cover), will cost another $100 or more. Both will be available in January, although there’s no specific date or word on pre-orders yet.

Windows RT, using an ARM-based processor, won’t run legacy apps. Windows RT has lots of printer drivers and comes bundled in a compatible version of Microsoft Office, but drivers for many 4G dongles are not generally supported (yet).

Both have a built-in kickstand, and a 10.6-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. A key difference with that latter bit, though, is that the screen packs a full 1920 x 1080 resolution as opposed to the 1366 x 768 found on the RT model.

Surface with Windows 8 Pro specs include a 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, a Mini DisplayPort that can output a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a full-size USB 3.0 port and, of course, Windows 8 Pro with support for all your traditional desktop applications. It’s just over half-an-inch thick and weighs two pounds, heavier and thicker than the RT version.

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