In late November, Microsoft revealed some fresh details about the Intel-powered version of its Surface tablet: more detailed specs, pricing, and so forth. The official launch time frame is still a vague "January 2013," though. So, when can we expect the device?
January 29, according to SoftPedia, which says it was tipped off by a "source close to the Redmond campus" about the release date. That source claims the launch will take place on the 29th, but the Surface for Windows 8 Pro won't actually go on sale until the next day.
Microsoft originally said the Surface Pro would hit stores "about 90 days" after the ARM-powered model. Since that device came out on October 26, a January 29-30 release for the Intel version seems entirely plausible.
As we learned in November, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro will start at $899. That price will get you a tablet with an Intel Core i5 processor, a 10.6" 1080p screen, a stylus, and 64GB of solid-state storage—but no keyboard cover. (If current prices don't change, users will have to pay up $119.99 for the Touch Cover and $129.99 for the scissor-switch Type Cover.) Microsoft also intends to offer a $999 version of the Surface for Windows 8 Pro with 128GB of storage capacity.
|Gigabyte SA-SBCAP3350 puts formidable power on a single board||5|
|Alphacool Eisblock HDX-2 and HDX-3 help M.2 SSDs beat the heat||1|
|Corsair Lighting Pro Expansion Kit lets builders turn up the lights||5|
|Adata D16750 power bank is tougher than the average juice pack||8|
|Deals of the week: fast memory, an AM4 motherboard, and more||12|
|Corsair RMx White Series PSUs take a walk on the snowy side||21|
|Intel crams 100 GFLOPS of neural-net inferencing onto a USB stick||38|
|Toshiba's XG5 1TB NVMe SSD reviewed||9|
|Microsoft and Johnson Controls put Cortana in a thermostat||22|