The Microsoft Surface Pro was introduced in 2012 for the first time. Sales didn’t go as well as the Redmond company would have liked, which then lead to several large price drops throughout the year just been. However, now that this year’s model of the Surface Pro has been launched, the original tablet is going to see a further reduction in price and a significant one again.

Now you can pick up the 2012 model for $699 or wait for the brand new for $899.

If it is a cheap tablet you are looking for, there are still cheaper options out there. However, now might be the best chance you get at owning the Surface one in particular while it is still relevant. After all it does include dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U processor and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 card.

The new SP has just started shipping out now.

To serve as a refresher, the MS Pro comes with Windows 8 (Pro) for the operating system. It is 10.6 inches in size, 1920 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 208 ppi pixel density and has IPS LCD display technology.

The camera is 1 megapixel, but it does come with a 720p HD Camcorder with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels.

For the hardware, we have a Dual core, 1700 MHz, Intel Core i5-3317U, Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor, 4096 MB RAM system memory, 64 GB internal storage space and MicroSD, microSDHC and microSDXC storage expansion options.

To sum up, if you want a tablet that doubles as a laptop, lots of RAM, a dual-core processor and special active stylus input this is the machine for you. However, don’t forget to assess what your life will be like without a user-replaceable battery, no Autofocus on the camera, no flash with the camera, no GPS and a lower pixel density screen because all of those things are coming your way here too.