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Microsoft Surface Pro price may deter interest

Earlier on this week we spoke about the need for Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets, with Microsoft looking to release the superior upgrade sometime in January.

Now, it looks like we may have the first instance of a Surface Pro price to tell you about, and you will be unsurprised to hear that the Pro will sell for a considerably high price. The elusive Surface Pro has popped up online in a German retailer listing, with consumers reportedly having to pay close to $1000 to take one home.

So far, Microsoft has been reluctant to disclose any official release date or pricing information for the Surface Pro, but when the device goes on sale in January, consumers may have to pay around $900 for the 64GB model, with the mammoth 128GB version reaching a lofty $1000+ after tax.

You can see the retailer listings in question, over at German website Notebook.de. Pay attention to the included specification sheet, which again backs up reports that the Pro models are going to be shipping with an iCore i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1080p display.

One area of disappointment will obviously reside in the fact that Microsoft are going to be putting Intel integrated graphics on the Pro models only – so none of your fancy mobile NVIDIA or ATI graphics unfortunately. Then again, the Surface Pro isn’t designed for hardcore gaming, so perhaps this isn’t really an issue since Intel HD 4000 Graphics should be able to handle the most basic of gaming tasks still.

For those that really want to experience the full potential of Windows 8 on a tablet, a $900 price point as an estimation shouldn’t actually be too much of a surprise to you. Some Windows 8 ultrabooks sell well over the $1000 mark at the moment, so really some of you may actually be very satisfied if the Surface Pro retails for under $1000.

Bear in mind that these prices have come from a German-based retailer. The final price for US consumers may very well change as we get closer to a release in January. For now, tell us what price you would deem reasonable for the Surface Pro and if you are even tempted to pre-order one now from this German seller.

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