The Surface Pro is reported to have been put on display at several Microsoft Store locations. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as there is some enthusiasm surrounding the tablet’s launch on Feb 9. However, it’s not known which of the stores have them on display though none can be bought before the tablet’s formal launch on Feb 9.
The tablet runs on an Intel based hardware and runs the full blown Windows 8 Pro version. The tablet is being pegged as a device that can also act as a replacement for a traditional notebook. At least the price commensurates such a positioning, with the Surface Pro priced at $899 and $999 for the 64 GB and 128 GB models. However, the price also makes one suspect if the device will indeed be able to make a dent in the booming tablet market given the high price tag. The Surface RT has failed to make much of a mark so far with shipment figures being around a million at best in the last quarter. In fact, the actual sales are even less impressive with the figure pegged at around 700,000. In comparison, Apple has shipped more than 22 million iPads during the same period.
The Surface Pro though is aimed more at the enterprise segment than individual consumers looking for an entertainment device. Apple too moved in quickly by announcing a 128 GB iPad that has been priced $799 and $929 for the Wi-Fi and LTE enabled models in the hope of appealing to the business users as well. However, the operating system could be the decisive factor here though we got to wait for a few more weeks to ascertain whether its Windows 8 Pro or iOS 6 that makes the cut.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has put to rest all rumors claiming Surface RT owners can trade in their device in exchange for the Surface Pro. In any case, the return rate of the Surface RT is quite high.