Following the release of ARM-based Surface tablet last month, the time has now come for the Intel-based Microsoft Surface to enter the market. Hold your horses though as that will actually take place only in January 2013 according to Panos Panay, the General Manager of Microsoft Surface.
Officially called as the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, the 10.6-inch tablet shares the same physical VaporMg shell as the ARM-based counterpart. However, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i5 (no mention of its clock speed though) processor together with the built-in In
tel HD Graphics 4000 as its GPU and 4GB of RAM.
Furthermore, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro also comes with a full-size USB 3.0 port and Mini DisplayPort that supports external display with maximum resolution of up to 2560×1440. Each purchase of the tablet will come together with a pen as Surface with Windows 8 Pro supports pen input – another feature that differentiate it from Surface with Windows RT.
The Surface with Windows 8 Pro comes in two storage options: 64GB which is priced at RM 2,738 (USD 899) as well as 128GB for RM 3,043 (USD 999) and as per Surface with Windows RT, it is compatible with the Touch Cover and Type Cover keyboards that are sold separately. No mention of launch market for the time being although we assume that the tablet will be initially available in in the same launch countries as per Surface with Windows RT.
With that, we don’t expect it to be available in Malaysia during its upcoming January 2013 launch but of course, one can always hope. Check out Surface’s official website to learn more about Surface with Windows 8 Pro.