Without fanfare, at this year CES, Microsoft has sneaked in the Surface Pro, the company long awaited tablet that runs your traditional legacy apps, along with the modern UI apps.

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The Pro version almost identical at first glance, as the Surface RT with few exceptions:

  • Thicker than the RT (0.53in./1.35cm thick versus 0.37in./0.94cm)
  • Heavier than the RT (2lb/0.9kg versus 1.5lb/0.68kg)  to accommodate beefier battery
  • Higher screen resolutions (1,920 x 1080 versus 1,366 x 768 pixels)
  • Intel Core i5 processor
  • Mini-DisplayPort adapter replaces the HDMI port for external monitor
  • Side MicroSD slot
  • Magnetically attached stylus with right mouse click button. The screen’s active digitizer is pressure sensitive.

The Surface Pro can be laid flat while connected to an external monitor. It nicely becomes a  touch pad for graphics design use. The same covers are compatible with the 2 Surface versions

The Surface Pro public release is expected by the end of January. Price starting at $899 for 64GB of storage and $999 for 128GB sans cover.

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