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Surface Windows 8 Pro arrives 9 February

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By Nicole Kobie

Posted on 22 Jan 2013 at 17:28

Surface with Windows 8 Pro will go on sale 9 February.

The Intel Core i5 version of Microsoft's tablet was originally expected to arrive at the end of January, and follows three months after the ARM-based Surface with Windows RT.

While the Surface RT arrived in the UK at the same time as the US, no UK availability was immediately announced for the Windows 8 Pro version, and no UK prices have been released.

Microsoft revealed at the end of November that prices would start from $899, almost twice the price of the Surface RT at $499.

Microsoft said the Windows 8 Pro Surface would sell via its retail stores and, as well as at Staples and Best Buy stores in the US and Canada.

The company also unveiled new versions of its Touch Cover, with designs etched into the material, and a special Surface Edition of the Wedge Touch Mouse, made from a similar material to the tablet.

Microsoft added that it was expanding availability of the Surface RT to 13 new markets in the coming weeks: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

The 64GB version of the Surface RT will now be available as a standalone device, and no longer only bundled with a cover.

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User comments

UK availability?

Any idea how soon it will become available in the UK after the US launch? Or UK pricing?

By skarlock on 23 Jan 2013

The pricing is where i expected it to be, but all the rest of the manufacturers have now come out with some good opposition. The Dell XPS12 and the Asus S200E for example!

Even so, I STILL really want one of these!

By stuellis on 24 Jan 2013

Storage capacity

On the podcast this week there was a lot of talk about the storage capacity of the Surface Pro being insufficient. It's perhaps worth remembering that it has a micro sd slot and you can now get a decent 64GB micro sd card for under 40 quid. Whilst obviously it won't be as good/fast as having bigger built in storage it would certainly suffice for storing a fair amount of media etc.

By beardyweirdy on 24 Jan 2013

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