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  • backbay_bstn backbay_bstn Sep 23, 2013 1:43 PM Flag

    Microsoft sticking it to Intel once again

    Pricing on the Surface Pro is ridiculously high. No one will pay $1K for a Windows tablet. Ballmer will do whatever it takes to make sure RT/Arm sells.

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    • apparently the Pro sold much better than the RT.

      in any case that's actually good for the Ultrabooks, why buy Pro when you can have user friendly yet powerful Ultrabook

    • Who but Microsoft would believe that simply dropping the "RT" moniker from their fake Windows is enough to correct everything wrong with RT? Do they really believe consumers won't learn what they've done?

    • The new Surface Pro 2 will feature an HD display similar to the original, but with improved color reproduction. Dolby sound has also been added to the new Pro. According to Microsoft, the original Surface Pro was faster than 94% of the laptops on the market, but the Pro 2 will be 20% faster than the Pro — “lightning fast.” Graphic performance is also up 50% from its predecessor.

      The new kickstand design will allow for multiple viewing angles, something that was an issue with the original Pro’s kickstand. Speaking of improvements, Microsoft says that the battery life will be up to 75% longer than the first Pro. The Power Cover keyboard accessory announced at the event will also double the battery life of the Pro 2. With a Power Cover, the Surface Pro 2 will have 2.5 times the battery life of the original Surface Pro.

      Microsoft also announced the Surface Docking Station for the Surface Pro 2. The Docking Station features 4 USB ports, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet port, audio in and audio out. It can also support up to 3840 x 2160 resolution external displays. Continuing with accessories, Microsoft showed off the new Type Cover 2 and a multitude of available colors. Type Cover 2 will be exactly 1 millimeter thinner than the previous Type Cover, and is also backlit and completely silent. The Type Cover 2 will be released next year. Both the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2 will come bundled with “Best of Skype,” which allows for free international calling and free Skype Wi-Fi hotspot access for a year.

      There will be four configurations for the Surface Pro 2: 64GB or 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM, and 256GB or 512GB of storage with 8GB of RAM. Preorders for the new Surface tablets will start at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, September 23rd. The Surface Pro 2 will be available on October 22nd starting at $899.
      A little bit more than an arm tablet.

    • Microsoft apparently believes by charging a ludicrously high $1,000 for a Windows 8.1 Surface Pro, the $449 ARM-RT product will look more attractive. Microsoft is in for more disappointment.

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