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The much anticipated full version Windows 8 tablet called the Surface Pro is almost here… Major retailers should have stock on May 30.

iTWire has been writing about it since December and while the Surface is a good product it is too damned late. Since then dozens of great hybrids and tablets from HP, Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba and more have been selling well and frankly some have better specifications and most have lower cost.

Barring any discrete discounts Surface Pro will be available in 64GB or 128GB for $999/ $1,099. The Type (keyboard) cover costs $149.99 and Touch (keyboar) cover costs $139.99.

Tech specifications include:

Intel i5 3371U
4GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB Flash memory, microSD slot
10.6”, 1920x1080, 16:9
Wi-Fi N and Bluetooth 4.0
Pen input (included)
Front/Read 720p cameras
Microphone and stereo speakers
1 x USB3.0, 1 x mini DisplayPort
Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass (NO NFC, GPS or 3/4G)
905g (a tad heavy)
42Wh battery – likely useful life 3-5 hours

Opinion:

This is not so much a review as an announcement. A comprehensive review will be conducted when the product is supplied to media.

The Surface RT was an attempt to break into the consumer space and from all reports is selling very, very slowly… If you really want a consumer tablet buy an Apple iPad or a Samsung Galaxy.

The Surface Pro was meant to lead the charge but manufacturing and supply delays have made this a bit ‘ho-hum’ and it is severely outclassed and undercut by other Windows 8 hybrids and tablets. Not that this is a bad thing because Microsoft is about software (it is not MicroHard is it?).

It will sell well because the major retailers will regale buyers with stories of delight and perhaps Microsoft commercial clout and distribution deals will make it more attractive to sales people to push it.

In any case I am hanging out for the new Intel Haswell CPU before committing to a new tablet or hybrid but if you need one now go for it.

 

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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