Both versions will include a Surface Pen and the ability to use a touch Cover or Type Cover. Note the words "ability to use," because those keyboard / covers are sold separately, and are not exactly cheap. The Pro models will ship in January.
While very similar to the already released Surface RT tablets, which run the ARM-compatible Windows RT, there are differences, including weight (2 pounds vs. 1.5 pounds), screen resolution, and processor (NVIDIA Tegra 3 for the RT version vs. a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor). The Pro tablets also come with a full-sized USB 3.0 port vs. USB 2.0 on the RT versions.
Some of the key Pro vs. RT specs:
- Intel Core i5 processor (Pro) vs. Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 (RT)
- 10.6” 16:9 ClearType display on both
- 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution vs. 1366 x 768
- Full-sized USB 3.0 port vs. Full-sized USB 2.0 port
- Mini DisplayPort that can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution.
- 48W power supply vs. 24W power supply
- Front- and rear-facing 720p HD video cameras on both
- 4GB vs. 2GB of RAM
- 64GB, 128GB sizes vs. 32GB, 64GB sizes
- 10-point multi-touch screen vs. 5-point multi-touch screen
- Pen input with Palm Block technology.
Our opinion is yes, but the market will answer.