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Surface Pro In Stores

The official rollout isn't until later this week, but the Surface Pro is starting to show up in stores, online and brick&mortar.

Microsoft's Surface Pro is officially being rolled out Friday night, February 8, and you can't buy it until midnight, February 9. But Engadget is reporting that the devices are already showing up in stores.

Best Buy has Surface Pro in their online product list, although you can't buy it yet. It's labeled as "Coming Soon."

The Surface Pro, unlike the Surface with Windows RT, has an Intel architecture processor and runs the full version of Windows 8. This allows it to run normal Windows desktop applications like a regular PC. The Surface Pro uses Intel's Ivy Bridge chips, and therefore has notebook-class battery life of several hours, not the all-day, always-on battery life users expect from tablets, and which the Surface with Windows RT, which runs an ARM architecture processor, has. Some other Windows 8 tablet makers are using the newer Intel Clover Trail chips with an Atom processor. These have much greater battery life.

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