• Surface Windows 8 Pro available Feb 9th in US and Canada


    Just got word that Microsoft will releasing the Surface Windows 8 Pro on Feb 9th in the 'States and Canada. It's Tablet that runs full Windows 8.

    I have a Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T tablet that's running Windows 8 and a Asus Vivo Tab RT running Windows RT and to me, if you're going to get a Windows tablet right now a Windows 8 one makes more sense. I've only played with them for a few days but with Windows 8 and RT Microsoft has taken Windows and turned it into a touch friendly platform.

    The thing is, while they haven't converted EVERYTHING yet. I'd say 80% of the touch related stuff comprises about 30% of Windows. So 20% of the time you have to use the other 70% of the 'still touch-enabled but not that touch friendly' stuff. There's a reason why Microsoft leaves the classic desktop behind. Sometimes you have to use it.

    Since RT isn't backwards compatible with x86 it makes more sense to buy an x86 tablet at this point. Now, if Microsoft can get a lot of support behind RT things may change but to be honest. The difference between RT and regular Windows 8 is so confusing I don't think consumers understand the difference.

    In case you didn't know, RT runs on the ARM architecture - just like your iPhones and Galaxy S. Windows 8 is for x86 processors - just like your old laptop/desktop. Doesn't sound too complicated but it's not easy to explain to regular users.

    The Surface Windows 8 Pro will come with a 10.6" 1920x1080 display and either 64GB or 128 of storage. It will weigh 2lbs and feature an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of storage. You'll get 802.11abgn, dual 720p cameras and a 42 watt hr battery.

    The specs look solid - more so than the Samsung ATIV I have right now though the ATIV is probably cheaper.

    10.6" is a good size display. The ATIV has a 11.6" which is too big to use comfortably. The extra resolution will be welcome too as the ATIV looks slightly coarse at times.

    4GB of RAM and Core i5 are also big steps up from the ATIV's meager 2GB and wheezing ATOM processor. 64GB of storage is adequate if you don't crazy loading media and programs on it. 128GB is probably a better bet. The dual 720p cameras is weak when most Android and iOS tablets have 5MP+ on the back but I guess it's still adequate. The 42wh battery is also probably well sized for what you get.

    My only concern is the Surface Pro's weight. The ATIV weighs 1.7lbs which is borderline too heavy. The Surface is smaller and weighs 2lbs which some may find makes it tiresome to use.

    Microsoft will also be releasing a 64GB version of the Surface RT that doesn't come with the keyboard plus there will be new Touch Covers and a Wedge Touch Mouse Surface Edition.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Surface Windows 8 Pro available Feb 9th in US and Canada started by howard View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. rambo47's Avatar
      rambo47 -
      The Surface Pro STARTS at $900. And with the poor battery life I don't see this selling well. I believe it's just a matter of time until Microsoft "Zunes" the Surface and Surface Pro.
    1. sengook's Avatar
      sengook -
      I was pretty sure the ATIV 700T is more similar to this than the 500T is.

      i5 ULV
      4GB RAM
      128GB SSD
      8MP camera on back 2MP on front
      49 Wh battery
      11.6" screen
      1.89lbs
      Wacom digitizer
      Cost $1150 CDN can get it now

      vs surface pro
      same proc/ram (I guess)
      128GB (was said to be a +$100 upgrade from 899)
      720p cam
      42 Wh battery (smaller batt)
      10.6" smaller screen
      2lbs
      Microsoft(?) digitizer
      Cost $1000 US can get it later

      instead of the Atom processor 500T

      mind you with the surface pro you can get the keyboard cover or w.e for something like $150 apparently which is about same price to upgrade the 700t to the keyboard version

      **NOTE: Prices approximate and rounded**
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      I was just comparing with what I had sitting on my desk. Good point though.

      I forgot to write, the best thing about the Surface is has a built-in stand. It's great for when you're watching video.

      Quote Originally Posted by sengook View Post
      I was pretty sure the ATIV 700T is more similar to this than the 500T is.

      i5 ULV
      4GB RAM
      128GB SSD
      8MP camera on back 2MP on front
      49 Wh battery
      11.6" screen
      1.89lbs
      Wacom digitizer
      Cost $1150 CDN can get it now

      vs surface pro
      same proc/ram
      128GB (was said to be a +$100 upgrade from 899)
      720p cam
      42 Wh battery (smaller batt)
      10.6" smaller screen
      2lbs
      Microsoft(?) digitizer
      Cost $1000 US can get it later

      instead of the Atom processor 500T

      mind you with the surface pro you can get the keyboard cover or w.e for something like $150 apparently which is about same price to upgrade the 700t to the keyboard version

      **NOTE: Prices approximate and rounding to the next $50**
    1. sengook's Avatar
      sengook -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      I was just comparing with what I had sitting on my desk. Good point though.

      I forgot to write, the best thing about the Surface is has a built-in stand. It's great for when you're watching video.
      Yup, and I like the surface's rigid design (least when I saw the RT). I expect the pro to be a tidbit bulkier but similarly solid feeling. however, i do like the wacom digitizer (with pen) on the 700t lol I haven't tried the surface pro's digitizer (or the device at all) so can't say much more.

      At first reply I wish it was cheaper as well :P but that's only because you can pickup an old XE700T (samsung seires 7 slate) used for under $700.