Microsoft reveals Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet release date

Microsoft has confirmed the release date for the second version of its new Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet will be February 9th.

The upcoming product from the IT giant will initially only be available in the US and Canada and will cost $899.99 (£567) for a 64GB device – or $999 for the 128GB model – while it is capable of running both new Windows programs and traditional ones.

According to Microsoft, the tablet boasts a “third generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 400” and comes with a full-sized USB 3.0 port, dual-band WiFi, 720-pixel high-definition webcams and a microSDXC slot.

Consumers will also receive a stylus or Surface pen along with the tablet, but to get a keyboard, they’ll need to pay a small sum. They may want to purchase the Touch Cover, which uses sensors instead of physical keys and costs an extra $120.

This comes after Microsoft rolled out the Surface RT tablet in October 2012, which costs just $499 and runs Windows RT, a stripped-down version of its new operating system.