Microsoft Surface Pro

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Surface Pro
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Surface Pro with stylus (detached from keyboard cover)
Developer Microsoft
Manufacturer Pegatron[1]
Release date February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09) (United States)[2]
May 2013 (2013-05) (UK)[3]
Operating system Windows 8 Pro
Power 151.2 kJ (42 W·h) battery (4-5 hours)[4]
CPU Dual-core 1.7 GHz (Turbo Boost to 2.6 GHz) Intel Core i5-3317U[5]
Memory GB dual-channel DDR3-1600 (25.6 GB/sec)
Storage 64 GB (23 GB available) or 128 GB (83 GB available)[6] or 256 GB[7] and microSDXC slot
Display 10.6 inches (27 cm) 1920 x 1080 px[8] (208 ppi) ClearType HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Input 10-point multi-touch screen, pen input, ambient light sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, compass, dual microphones
Camera Front: 1.2 MP, 720p HD
Rear: 1.2 MP AF, 720p HD
Connectivity 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort
Online services Windows Store, Xbox Music, OneDrive, Xbox Games, Xbox Video
Dimensions 10.81 inches (27.5 cm) (w)
6.81 inches (17.3 cm) (h)
0.53 inches (13 mm) (d)
Weight 2 pounds (910 g)
Successor Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 (2013)

The Microsoft Surface Pro is the first generation in the line of Surface-series Windows 8 tablets produced by Microsoft. It is a part of the Surface Family and it features full Windows 8.x operating system.

There are currently three generations of Surface Pro: Surface Pro (first generation), Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 are no longer manufactured since Surface Pro 3 release on June 20, 2014. They are, however, still being sold and remain popular in secondary\used markets.

The biggest advantage of Surface Pros is the ability to run nearly all Windows applications, making it a contender for a Windows laptop replacement. All of the Surface Pro tablets also come with a stylus for creating art and taking hand-written notes. Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 were based on Wacom digitizer technology, while the Surface Pro 3 sports an N-trig digitizer. The newest Surface Pro 3 provides the best “pen and paper” experience of all tablets on the market today.[9]

The Surface Pro was launched on February 9, 2013. Surface Pro has a full-HD display and a 10.6 inch screen. It has a single position kickstand and is much thicker than the original Surface.

In October 2013, its successor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, was released. While maintaining a design similar to its original design, the Surface Pro has improved hardware specifications than its predecessor (such as a fourth-generation (Haswell) Intel Core i5 processor and an increased number of storage options), and improved versions of its kickstand and cover accessories (such as a new "Power Cover" with an auxiliary battery).[10]

Surface Pro 3 followed on June 20, 2014. It features an larger screen size - 12 inches, a fully adjustable kickstand, and a new Surface Pen.[11]


  1. ^ "Manufacturer of Surface". The Register. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Growing the Surface Family: Surface Windows 8 Pro Availability Confirmed". Microsoft. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft Surface Pro gets May UK release date and price". PC Advisor. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro review | The Verge
  5. ^ Paul Thurrott (21 January 2013). "Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Preview". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Microsoft's 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB usable storage | The Verge
  7. ^ "Monster 256GB Microsoft Surface Pro surfaces in Japan". May 29, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Help me choose which Windows tablet is best for me". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Love My Surface: A Blog About All Things Surface". LoveMySurface. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Microsoft's new Surface Pro 2 gets official". Engadget. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  11. ^ " Surface Pro 2 Pen vs Surface Pro 3 Pen". LoveMySurface. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
Preceded by
Surface Pro
1st generation
Succeeded by
Surface Pro 2