Panos Panay, General Manager of Microsoft Surface, announced today that the Pro version of the Surface will be available this coming January. The price, as expected, is high at $899 (USD) for the 64GB model and $999 (USD) for the 128GB. Microsoft notes that this price excludes the Touch Cover, but does include “a Surface pen with Palm Block technology.”
The 10.6-inch Surface Pro has some different specs that the RT version, mainly the Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0 port, weighs a bit more at just under 2 pounds, suports Pen input, 4GB RAM, and most importantly will run current Windows 7 desktop apps.
Update: Looks like the Surface Pro is not coming to Canada anytime soon. Here’s the statement from Microsoft Canada: “Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available in the United States at launch. With regards to additional markets, we do not have anything further to share at this time. As soon as we do have news to share for Canada, we will be in touch.”