This is for those of you who were tickled by the MS Surface RT tablet, but want full Windows 8 with the ability to run Windows 7 programs, otherwise known as x86 apps or .exes. Microsoft's Surface Pro tablet with an Intel Core i5 ULV CPU and a 10.6" full HD 1080p display will be released in January 2013 with a starting price of $899. That gets you the tablet and a digital pen, but no keyboard. If you want to add on the nifty Touch Cover or the more tactile Type Cover, you'll have to fork out an additional $100 to $130.
The Surface Pro looks and feels much like the Surface RT, and that'a good thing. It has a VaporMG casing with integrated kickstand, and while it's heavier than the RT model, it still weighs less than 2 pounds (not including keyboard). It's 14mm thick.
$899 gets you the 64 gig Surface Pro
$999 for the 128 gig Surface Pro
We expect it will use the same Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz CPU with Intel HD 4000 graphics that's used on other Core i tablets and Ultrabooks. Likely it will have 4 gigs of RAM.
It will have dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n with MIMO and Bluetooth.
It will have one USB 3.0 port and a Mini DisplayPort (we call that a little port-starved vs. other tablets and Ultrabooks).
Personally I'd pick the Vaio Duo 11 over Surface because I want a keyboard and the Vaio has more ports. I'd pick the Duo over the Twist because I have a need for the digital pen, want the full HD display and the Duo 11 is smaller and lighter. But some folks want a great keyboard and could care less about the pen, and the Twist would be better for them.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview