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[ABC] Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet to Launch Feb. 9 for $899

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The second wave of Microsoft's tablet assault comes next month. The company announced today that the second version of its Surface tablet -- the Surface Windows 8 Pro -- will launch on Feb. 9 for $899.99.

In October, Microsoft released Windows 8 and, along with it, its own $499 Surface RT tablet. The tablet ran Windows RT, a stripped-down version of Microsoft's new operating system, and was powered by an ARM processor, which didn't allow it to run many well-known Windows programs.

The Date is set for the 9th!!!
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Looking forward to this. A thin, lightweight tablet running a real desktop OS and with a pen digitizer is something that I've been looking forward to for a long time. It could finally be time to replace my Thinkpad X-series tablet.

I just hope the battery life is at least 5 hours under light use.
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Already got one hehe, to bad its not mine.. It looks exactly the same and feels that same except that you can actually install normal Windows programs on the thing.
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Looking forward to this. A thin, lightweight tablet running a real desktop OS and with a pen digitizer is something that I've been looking forward to for a long time. It could finally be time to replace my Thinkpad X-series tablet.

I just hope the battery life is at least 5 hours under light use.

What do u consider light use? Anything other then gaming its light use. Even so it does not get that good battery life. Something like 3-4 hours.
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What do u consider light use? Anything other then gaming its light use. Even so it does not get that good battery life. Something like 3-4 hours.

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A link to an article with speculation does not count.
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I actually like the Surface Pro. Tempted to pick one up for work ... Windows 8 and all. Only issue is battery life.

I might end up waiting a year just to see if they come out with a version 2 of it with a Haswell chip.
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I actually like the Surface Pro. Tempted to pick one up for work ... Windows 8 and all. Only issue is battery life.

I might end up waiting a year just to see if they come out with a version 2 of it with a Haswell chip.

They definitely will.
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Everything about this sounds good except the price. TBH the price:value on tablets in general just isn't there. They aren't really as functional vs. ultrabooks. My UX32a was $700, has about 7-8 hours battery when used properly (i.e. power saver), a proper keyboard, ~300gb of storage, etc. While the tablet is cool, it's both more expensive and less useful.

Still, I'm really interested in trying the thing out. However, after trying the Surface RT, I cant help think that the whole tablet thing is more of a "toy" than a tool (same goes for the iPad, other tablets, etc.).
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I'll be interested in seeing it's use and battery for medium CPU usage, as well as intensive apps. At least something so I get an idea of what I can use it for efficiently.
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Looking forward to this. A thin, lightweight tablet running a real desktop OS and with a pen digitizer is something that I've been looking forward to for a long time. It could finally be time to replace my Thinkpad X-series tablet.

I just hope the battery life is at least 5 hours under light use.

What do u consider light use? Anything other then gaming its light use. Even so it does not get that good battery life. Something like 3-4 hours.

Light use for me=taking notes in OneNote with the screen at maybe 30% brightness and the wifi off. If the Surface Pro can pull off at least 5 hours with that kind of usage, I'll consider getting one to replace my 4 year old Thinkpad X200t (which manages 6.5 hours under that same usage scenario with the extended battery).
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