Microsoft's Surface Pro goes on sale Saturday

The highly anticipated tablet will test the company's viability in that market

By , IDG News Service |  

Many alternatives to Surface Pro are already available. Alternative tablets with Intel's Core processors and Windows 8 include Asus' Taichi, Lenovo's Yoga 13, Samsung's Ativ Tab Smart PC Pro 700T and Acer's Iconia W700. Windows 8 tablets are also available with Intel's tablet-specific Atom processor code-named Clover Trail, which provides a longer battery life but is slower and has poorer graphics compared to Core processors.

Microsoft will also start selling a new 64GB version of the Surface RT tablet Saturday. The RT tablet will be available starting Thursday in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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