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A preview of the Microsoft Surface Pro

The new Microsoft surface Pro is set to launch on February 9, 2013. It might be the best answer to the ongoing war and challenge of tablets. Microsoft’s promo video says it is "sleek, light, and durable." These can be the clinching factors for undecided buyers seeking the power and features of a laptop on a tablet.

At a glance

For those who bought the Microsoft Surface RT, the Surface Pro is a vast improvement from its predecessor.

  • Blazing fast speed

For starters, the ARM processor in the RT is gone. Instead, Microsoft Surface Pro is powered by Ivy Bridge from Intel, a real 'PC processor'. That means it will be able to run a decent number of applications like say, a laptop or a desk top does.

  • Full Windows 8 and Office suite

It will also include the complete version of Windows 8, not the RT 'bare bones' edition currently integrated in the Surface RT. For those who are confused about this, RT is the mini version and does not include all the features of the Windows 8 suite.

  • Bulky weight

When it comes to weight, Surface Pro is a bit on the heavy side weighing at 2 lbs. Compared to Apple’s iPad 4, it is on the chubby side as well with a thickness of 13.5 mm. This is quite chunky for a tablet but still decent size as a laptop or ultrabook.

  • USB 3.0 port and Mini Display Connector

It will also include a fast USB 3.0 port that’s missing in the RT and the Mini Display Connector. Microsoft RT has only a USB 2.0 port and no MDC. The screen size is essentially the same at 10.6 inches.

  • Memory capacity and storage

Memory is at 4GB RAM with 64GB or 128GB storage capacity.

  • Accessories

Microsoft Surface Pro will come with its own stylus so you can make notes, write, and even draw with precision. Like the RT, Surface Pro will have the same detachable keyboard and a kickstand.

  • Top notch screen resolution

Best of all, the Surface Pro’s screen resolution is brilliant at 1920x1080p which means sharp and crisp images on the screen.

A tablet and laptop in one

That said, we can’t wait to check out the Microsoft Surface Pro when it goes on sale next month. Will this trend catch on with those seeking a tablet with the capability of a laptop? It looks like Microsoft has finally succeeded in addressing consumer needs with its first PC tablet.

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