In October 2012, Microsoft released the Surface RT to a fair degree of fanfare. The Surface RT was the first major hardware project undertaken by Microsoft since the Xbox 360. It was also billed as the company’s flagship Windows RT device.

Windows RT looks like Windows 8, but it’s not quite the full version of Microsoft’s new operating system. So the Surface RT isn’t a genuine Windows 8 tablet. Instead, Microsoft’s flagship Windows 8 tablet will be the Surface Pro.

Microsoft has revealed the release date and pricing information for the Surface Pro. It will be released in January 2013 for a price of $899 for the 64GB model and $999 for the 128GB model.

This pricing is slightly lower than what many analysts anticipated. Most pegged the Surface Pro at a price of over $1,000 for the base model. Although $899 is still a steep price to pay for a tablet computer, the Surface Pro should be one of the beefiest tablets on the market when it finally gets released.

Here are the tech specs for the Surface Pro:

-Intel Core i5 CPU

-10.6-inch display with full HD resolution of 1920×1080 (supports external display resolutions of up to 2560×1440)

-Double the storage space of the Surface RT

-Full version of Windows 8 Pro, which means users can install hardware outside of the Windows App Store and are no longer restricted to the Metro interface

The Surface Pro will appeal to power users (i.e. people who appreciate fast PCs) as well as business users who need to install regular software onto Windows 8. In any case, Microsoft’s Surface website is the number one place to go for all information about the new tablet.

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