Microsoft has announced its Surface Pro tablet will launch on February 9 in the US and Canada, though those of us in the UK (and the rest of Europe) still have no idea when we'll be able to get our hands on one..

The software giant's second tablet will launch with Windows 8 Pro on 9 February in the US and Canada. The Surface Pro will come in 64GB and 128GB models starting at $899.

Microsoft said: "Work like never before on Surface Windows 8 Pro. Take the power and performance of a laptop and carry it around wherever you go. Perfect as your one device – in the office, on the road, or at home – it can run Windows 8 applications, as well as current Windows 7 desktop applications."

The bad news is that there's no word on when it will come to the UK or how much it will cost here. The Verge reports that "additional markets to follow in the coming weeks and months". It's frustrating news for anyone who held off buying the Surface RT.

The Surface Pro comes with an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, Full HD display and a stylus pen. As far as we're aware, the 128GB model will cost $999.

While the Surface Pro's Wedge Touch mouse (above middle) could be considered stylish, the stylus (above bottom) looks more like a cheap biro.

Microsoft also announced that the Surface RT will be available as a 64GB standalone version. Currently priced at £559 it only comes in this storage capacity with a Touch Cover keyboard.

There will also be three limited edition Touch Covers (below) with laser-etched designs consisting of 'year of the snake', 'skulls' and 'flowers'.

 

If you convert the US price of $899 into sterling it comes out at around £570 but it's highly unlikely that this will be the UK price considering the 64GB Surface RT costs £559. A price of between £699 to £799 would be more likely.