Surface Pro surfaces in January

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

While there's no Australian pricing yet, the US pricing shows that the Pro version of Microsoft's Surface ain't cheap.

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With a 64GB version expected to cost US$899 and a 128GB version costing US$999, both models come with a stylus but forgo the Touch/Type Cover. At this price, the Pro is geared to compete against laptops, not tablets. This is Microsoft's shot at the next evolution of laptops.

With a full HD screen, 4GB of RAM and an unspecified Core i5 inside, it'll likely do reasonably well on the performance front, but we're wondering how well consumers will take to it. On the one hand, basic users will be perfectly happy with their much cheaper iPads and Android tablets, but the more complex users will opt for a laptop, and at least get a keyboard with it.

The Surface Pro is expected in the US in January, and considering Microsoft's track record of late, we wouldn't expect it to be too long before it's in Australia, too, sold from Surface.com.



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