Microsoft has confirmed that Surface devices with Windows 8 Pro will debut in January 2013, with prices starting at US$899.
Surface with Windows RT launched in select markets just over a month ago alongside the release of Windows 8, with prices starting at US$499.
The higher-spec Windows 8 Pro version of the device is set for release in January 2013, with a 64GB model costing US$899 and 128GB model costing US$999. Microsoft is touting the device as a full PC and tablet all in one, and this version will run all current Windows 7 desktop applications.
Just like its Windows RT sister, Touch Covers and Type Covers will also be available for the Windows 8 Pro edition. An addition for the new device, however, is a Surface pen, for added note-taking capabilities. The device also comes with Palm Block technology, to prevent handwriting from being interrupted by a misplaced hand.
Inside, the Windows 8 Pro Surface will be packing a next-generation Intel Core i5 processor and ports include a full-size USB 3.0 and Mini DisplayPort. The 10.6-inch ClearType display features 1,920 x 1,080 full-HD resolution, while external display capabilities are up to 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.
Should Microsoft follow the same pattern as with the Windows RT device, the Windows 8 Pro Surface might just be available in the US, Canada, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the UK initially. As yet we have no word on when Surface devices will be appearing in Ireland.