The Microsoft Surface Pro tablet running full blown Windows 8 is coming to take on the iPad mini. The software giant’s spilled the beans on the launch date for the tablet with top-end laptop specs – and price.
You’ll be able to pick up the Microsoft Surface Pro in January for $899 (£560, though expect a higher UK price with VAT factored in). The iPad rival packs a cutting-edge Intel Core i5 chip, a full HD 10.6-inch display, stylus and 64G or 128GB for all your files, unlike the Microsoft Surface on sale now, which packs a more measly 32GB of flash storage.
The main difference between the Microsoft Surface Pro and its smaller brother is the software however: while it looks the same, the Pro will also run existing Windows 8 app in desktop mode. The Surface that uses a mobile processor only runs new fullscreen Windows 8 apps.
In theory, the Pro can do a lot more, but that Intel tech will cost you, and it adds a bit of bulk too: the Microsoft Surface Pro is a chunky 13.5mm deep, and packs a fan like your laptop too.
Would you buy a Microsoft Surface Pro? Is there a reason Apple’s iPad doesn’t run OS X? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.