In February, we reviewed Microsoft's RT tablet. This device, combined with Windows 8, is to bridge the gap between desktop systems and tablets. We stated that the Surface RT was a fine tablet, but that the Windows RT operating system was quite limiting.
A few months later, we received the Surface Pro in our test lab. This tablet has Windows 8 Pro, and therefore doesn't suffer from the same problems as the Surface RT did. Additionally, it's also based on completely different hardware; instead of ARM technology with a Tegra processor, the Surface Pro has a full-fledged Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz processor. A new version of the device, equipped with a Haswell device, is also planned.
The Surface RT with 32 GB of storage capacity has an average price of €511, while the 64 and 128 GB models of the Surface Pro cost respectively €932 and €1024. In the United States, Microsoft's Surface RT is available to students at a price of just $199.
For consumers with a smaller budget, Microsoft is currently working on a Mini-version of the Surface. This Surface Mini is to be released at the end of the fourth quarter, retailing right around €230. The latest rumours claim a 7.5 or 8-inch screen and an Intel Atom x86 processor. The tablet is said to be running Windows 8.1.
The current Microsoft Surface Pro