Microsoft‘s upcoming update to its Surface tablet line is just weeks away, and it’s been noted that the first units are just now coming off the production line, signaling that Surface Pro production is now in full force. General manager of Microsoft’s Surface division, Panos Panay, tweeted the news yesterday.
Of course, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the company said that the Surface Pro would be available around 90 days after the release of Surface RT tablets, which occurred on October 26, so the 90-day window is quickly coming to a close, and we should expect the new tablets arrive at the end of this month or the beginning of February.
The Surface Pro will be available in two versions: A 64GB version will sell for $899 and a 128GB version will cost $999. The main differences between the Surface Pro and Surface RT is that the Surface Pro will run more like a traditional laptop, and will be able to run any Windows 8 and Windows 7 application, giving Pro users a wider variety of software options.
The new tablets will come with an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, a 16:9 ClearType display sporting a 1920×1080 resolution, and several different types of external ports, like a Mini DisplayPort that will be able to drive an external display with up to a 2560×1440 resolution. And of course, the new tablets will come with a full version of Windows 8.