Today Microsoft announced it's pricing for it's Surface Pro tablet. This is powered by a Core i5 processor with integrated graphics and it has a 10.6 inch display at a resolution of 1920 X 1080 (16:9). You also get 4GB of ram, a USB 3.0 port, Windows 8 Pro, and a proprietary stylus which has Palm Block technology.
The pricing comes to $899 for the 64GB version and $999 for the 128GB version. This is without the touch or type cover. Add to that another $120 to $130 if you want a typing solution. On top of that extra cost, you are going to sacrifice the battery.
According to the Surface twitter account:
That means 4-5 hours of battery life. That is not very attractive at all.
So is this going to make Microsoft a winner. I don't think so. They are going to have to try a lot harder than something that is this lackluster. They need the perfect device. What they should have done is pushed this device at $799 and $899, with the touch cover included. That would have had me wanting to get one.
They need to price aggressively. If their margins are low for this device, they will more than make their money back from the market penetration they could have gotten. But it seems like the old Microsoft can't shake it's old tricks. This disappoints me.
I did want one, and I was going to buy one originally, but now I am second guessing my decision. With half the battery life and no keyboard included I am going to have to think this over. I'd have to buy the touch cover bringing the total to over 1,000 dollars. There are plenty of ultrabooks that are way faster for around that price.
I may still get one for review purposes, but probably not for me to use personally.