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The Surface pro is just about getting ready to be shipped out and if the recent tweet by Panos Panay, GM of Microsoft’s Surface line of products, is to be believed then it is just a matter of weeks. He tweeted earlier in the day – “On my way to
the factory to check out #Surface Pro coming off the line…arriving in the coming weeks.”

This time line may not be surprising for many who have been following the progress of Microsoft’s foray into the tablet segment closely. When the Surface RT came out back in October 26th last year, Microsoft had mentioned that the Windows 8 based Surface Pro would be launched within the next 90 days. Well that time line is just about to run out.

The Surface Pro will be launched in two versions, the 64 GB priced at $899 and the 128 GB at $999. The other important specs include an Intel Ivy Bridge processor beating at its heart, a 16:9 ClearType display boasting a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 and a Mini DisplayPort which can drive an external display of 2560 x 1440 and of course the Windows 8 powering it.

A CNET Review mentioned recently that the Surface Pro is a PC user’s dream come true as it makes no computing compromises and brings the best that a tablet user can ever hope for. To quote the review “”It all worked exactly as advertised, and with a extremely elegant, bordering on beautiful, sense of design.”

However the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet may not be without issues as the battery life has been reported to be a cause for worry. The fact that the tablet is powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors is a double-edged sword. While it increases the performance making it comparable to the Windows 8 laptops which currently sport the same processor, it is also very power hungry, thereby draining the battery life. Even if Microsoft has forced Intel to deliver a power efficient Ivy Bridge processor they cannot hope to beat the power efficiency of ARM processor based tablets such as the iPad or even the Surface RT.

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