Microsoft Details Surface Pro Pricing Amidst Reports of Poor Sales of RT Version

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft announced pricing information on its Surface Pro tablet this morning. The tablet will cost $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version. The Surface Pro comes equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, and a display with a resolution of 1920 by 1080.

    Instead of running Windows RT like the standard version of the Surface released earlier this month, the Surface Pro tablet will run the full version of Windows 8. The tablet will ship with a Surface pen, but it does not include a Touch or Type Cover, each of which cost another $100. While the official announcement didn't include information on the Surface Pro's battery life, the spec list on Microsoft's website lists a 42 watt-hour battery.

    Engadget, however, discovered a tweet from a curious Twitter user revealing that the tablet will have a battery life half as long as the Surface RT. After asking for more information on the battery, the user received a reply directly from Microsoft's official Twitter account:
    The RT version of the Surface officially has an eight hour battery life with some testers finding slightly longer running times, implying that the Surface Pro will feature a battery life of roughly four-and-a-half hours, less than most laptops. This low battery life information comes at a time when Microsoft is seeing poor sales of the Surface RT. A report on Black Friday from Piper Jaffray revealed that the brick and mortar Microsoft stores experienced low Surface sales in comparison to iPad sales at the Apple Store.
    A recent report from Digitimes also indicates that Microsoft has reduced its tablet orders and may consider lowering the price of the Surface RT.
    The Surface RT is currently available from Microsoft for $499 for the entry level 32GB tablet. There was no specific release date mentioned for the Surface Pro, but it is expected to be released in January 2013.

    Article Link: Microsoft Details Surface Pro Pricing Amidst Reports of Poor Sales of RT Version
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    Microsoft feels more like Rodney Dangerfield everyday.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Blah blah blah Apple is doomed blah blah blah game changer from MS...... oh wait.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    another fail for Microsoft, they're increasingly becoming irrelevant to Apple, real competitor is Android
  6. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    $1,000 for a keyboardless laptop? 100 dollar keyboard addons? I think I'll pass.
  7. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Cheaper than I thought it would be. I was thinking at least 1k plus for it.

    Many people were probably waiting on the Pro.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    Swainsboro, Ga
    Wow. Not sounding good for MSFT. Sounding spectacular for AAPL.
  9. macrumors 68000

    Mar 6, 2008
    Sad that Windows 8 has flopped, the sales of the OS and Surface aren't doing as well as they expected.. Not entirely surprised though, I've been seeing constant complaints by advanced and basic users all over the internet..
  10. macrumors member


    Aug 26, 2012
    London, England
    Comparing to the iPad isn't really fair. One of every two tablets sold is an iPad. By that yardstick, every non-Apple tablet in existence suffers from poor sales.

    I think the MS Surface will find its niche in the market and sell well down the line. It's obviously not ever going to make it onto the rostrum with the iPad and iPad Mini for raw sales, but I can see users being much more productive on a Surface than on an iPad.
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2011
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    Not sure how its a fail.

    It's not even for sale yet. Lets see how people respond to it before we start up with the usual partisan bashing.

    For a touch, 1080p like this, I would say it ain't bad.

    And I can guarantee you 90% of people who want this were waiting for the Pro.

    I admit, RT is a joke, but this might be pretty sweet
  13. macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    Microsoft Surface: The Tablet for people who have never heard of an iPad.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    It's not just a tablet.

    It's a full blown Windows machine
  15. Captain B, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Captain B

    Sep 23, 2011
    Comparing it to the iPad makes it look bad as a tablet; at a thousand bucks you compare it to a MacBook Air. And it looks dreadful.

    Well done, Ballmer.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    The TV commercials does not make me wanna buy them, they do not show functionality, Apple commercials SHOW functionality.

    I mean, in every Surface commercial you see people dancing or a keyboard attached to the tablet... ok... but you do not even see Microsoft Office running on them... NOTHING! So... "how does surfing the web looks like in a Surface?" who knows. That is why people are not buying it.
  18. macrumors member


    Aug 5, 2010
    any apple store in the US OF A(pple)
    Never thought I'd say this but: I feel sorry for the evil empire "Micro$oft" Strange days.....
  19. macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    Install a torrent client on your iPad, I dare you. Or any other Mac program.

    You can't do it, I'll tell you why because everyone is confused :That's a big iPod touch !

    This is a full OS WITH ...( W I T H ) touch
  20. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    wow. this will not sell

    I understand this is a full blown windows machine.. but with a rubber keyboard? and touch screen? people want productivity out of full OS's not a toy
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I think that's the key to this device. It's what a lot of people said they were waiting for. The price point seems a bit high and the battery life seems a bit low. But the big determiner of its success will be its adoption by businesses.
  22. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    The kickstand itself worth $699.95. The rest is the cost of the tablet
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2009
    Anyone think these could go the way of the touchpad?

    And as always, too little, too late, Microsoft.

    Another bites the dust.
  24. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    A tablet that can do more things like a computer... sounds like a not-so-fail to me. but with your 4-word post, I'm sure you have really thought about this quite a bit.
  25. macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2009
    Vancouver, Canada
    It's unfortunate MS Surface seems to be struggling. Healthy competition is good for all consumers, including Apple fans.

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