Microsoft’s second tablet goes on sale tonight at midnight. The company had planned to hold a launch event for the Surface Pro in New York City tonight, but Neowin reports that plan’s been canceled due to the storm hammering the Northeast US: Many flights to New York have already been canceled due to the blizzard warnings.
If you’re willing to brave the weather though, you can still pick up a Surface Pro tablet at the Best Buy in Union Square tonight at midnight. Or you could just order one online from the Microsoft Store, which says the tablet will be available February 9th.
The Microsoft Surface Pro is a tablet with a 10.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, Windows 8 Pro software, and 64GB or larger solid state drive.
The tablet weighs about 2 pounds and measures about half an inch thick. It has a kickstand built into the back, which lets you prop it up on a desk or tablet. And if you buy an optional Touch Cover or Type Cover, you can tap away on it as if you were using a notebook (albeit one that’s hard to balance on your lap).
While early reviewers have been pretty impressed with the tablet’s overall performance, they lament that the Surface Pro only gets about 4 hours of battery life – although that could eventually be addressed with an external battery or a new keyboard cover with a built-in battery.
If that doesn’t bother you, the Surface Pro should be available starting at midnight for $899 and up.