Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet has not been on the market long, and reviews of the machine have been somewhat hit and miss to say the least, but the current product is only part of the overall equation. There’s the Surface Pro, for example, and that’s arguably the one most will want to pick up.
German readers are in luck though, as one retailer in the country has put the Surface Pro up for pre-order. Nodebook.de is the first to make the high-end tablet available for pre-order, and as such is the first to out the asking price for the machine. That price is a hefty 679.83 EUR ($870) without tax for the 64GB model, with the 128GB flavor setting punters back 763.87 EUR ($975).
For their money, buyers will get a 1080p 10.6-inch display, powered by Intel HD 4000 graphics. Horsepower comes in the guise of an Intel i5 CPU of undetermined speed and 4GB of memory. All the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios are there, too, as is a stylus. Front and rear cameras offer videoconferencing support as well as basic photo-taking prowess.
Notebook.de claims to be ready to ship the Surface Pro as soon as three to four weeks. Given all other reports suggesting an early 2013 release for the device, we’re not sure how much faith to put into that, though. What we do know is that the Surface Pro is coming, and if you happen to live in Germany then this is the first place we’ve seen that has concrete pricing for the Microsoft tablet.
Microsoft’s Surface tablets come powered by Windows 8 and represent what the Redmond outfit believes is the company’s future. Featuring a whole new Metro/Modern interface and all-but killing the desktop metaphor we are all so familiar with, Windows 8 is already proving to be popular amongst many, while the complete opposite for others. Everyone admits that the tablet is where Windows 8 really shines though, and the Surface Pro is Microsoft’s own way of showing what can be done with Windows on a slate.
Will Windows 8 make or break Microsoft? Only time will tell.