Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Rival Sees Daylight

Kupa launches its very own tablet with Windows 8 Pro

Microsoft is yet to release the Surface with Windows 8 Pro and the company has decided to remain completely tight-lipped even on the launch date, but other manufacturers are moving pretty quickly to launch Windows 8 tablets.

Expected to be released at the end of January, the Surface Pro will have to compete with Kupa’s X15 tablet, 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920x1200 display running the full version of Windows 8 Pro.

While it also features 8GB of RAM and a fingerprint scanner, the device will be available in four different configurations, with storage capacity up to 128GB and boasting either an Intel Core i5 or an i7 processor. The most expensive unit will have a price tag of $1,600 (€1,200). Full tech specs on the Kupa X15 are available here.

The Surface with Windows 8 Pro, on the other hand, will be offered in two different versions, with 64GB or with 128GB of storage space.

Pricing will begin at $899 (€675) for the 64GB version and will go as high as $999 (€750) for the 128GB model.

Still, the package won’t include a Touch Cover, so buyers who’d like to purchase a keyboard too will have to pay an extra $119.99 (€90). The Type Cover will be compatible with the Surface Pro as well and is going to cost $129.99 (€97).

Specs-wise, the Surface Pro will employ an Intel Core i5 processor and a 10.6-inch screen with a 1920x1080 full HD resolution.

All models will be delivered with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology to make the most of Windows 8 Pro in desktop mode.

As mentioned, the company remains tight-lipped on the release date, but according to some previous reports, the device is very likely to be released on January 29. Panos Panay, head of the Surface division at Microsoft, hinted a few days ago that the Surface Pro would go live in just a few weeks, as production has already started.

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