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A new generation of Surface tablets is likely on the way

Microsoft continues to struggle with the popularity of Surface tablets. Last month, Microsoft slashed the price of its ARM-powered Surface RT tablets running the Windows RT operating system. The price cut on the Service RT tablet reduced the entry-level price for Surface RT to a more palatable $349.

Microsoft has now announced “limited time” price cuts for its Surface Pro tablets that run Windows 8. From now until August 30, you can pick up a 128 GB Surface Pro tablet for $899. The 64 GB Surface Pro is available for $799. Each of those tablets reflects a price reduction of $100.

The temporary price cut could simply be a way for Microsoft to push sales ahead of the traditionally busy back-to-school buying season. However, some speculate that the price cut could mean that a new generation of “Surface 2.0” tablets is on the horizon.

Source: Winbeta

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Or maybe...
By Labotomizer on 8/5/2013 9:57:22 AM , Rating: 3
They're having a sale on a 6 month old computer product. "Slashes $100 off" sounds a bit extreme. How many computers hold their original value 6 months after launch?

Combine that with back to school it makes perfect sense. Also, we know the Haswell based Surface isn't far off. So maybe it's all of the above...

RE: Or maybe...
By venym76 on 8/5/2013 10:05:49 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you don't remember the first IPhones were cut by more than that after like 1 month pissing off a lot of early adopters. 6 months is about right for a price drop on tech, actually it should have come sooner.

RE: Or maybe...
By aliasfox on 8/5/2013 10:36:05 AM , Rating: 3
I actually kind of wish Apple would do something like that more often. Running on year-long cycles for most of its products, they often become poorer value propositions near the end of their lives, even if they were reasonable to start with (which is debatable on a product-by-product level).

Officially discounting products a couple of months before the new ones come out to juice demand and run down old stock for value-conscious shoppers doesn't seem like a brand damaging move, at least in my opinion.

RE: Or maybe...
By stimudent on 8/5/13, Rating: -1
RE: Or maybe...
By xti on 8/5/2013 11:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
thats could sell it easily.

RE: Or maybe...
By retrospooty on 8/5/2013 11:38:56 AM , Rating: 2
Hell ya, I would buy as many as I possibly could at that price. Sell them all for $600-$800 on ebay and fund my next trip to Hawaii ;)

I think what he meant is he would want one to use, even if it were basically free, or $50.

RE: Or maybe...
By Cheesew1z69 on 8/5/2013 5:17:07 PM , Rating: 1
I think what he meant is he would want one to use, even if it were basically free, or $50.
Of course he did, people who actually have functioning appendages up in their head knows this.

RE: Or maybe...
By xti on 8/7/2013 3:43:02 PM , Rating: 2
is there a reason you continue to harass DT posters?

Mods can you do something about this?

RE: Or maybe...
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2013 4:21:24 PM , Rating: 1
thats could sell it easily.

Microsoft can't even sell the goddamn things! Hello? They lost almost a billion dollars on this boondoggle. What makes you think he could do any better?

RE: Or maybe...
By damianrobertjones on 8/5/2013 11:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
Are you going to tell us why you wouldn't buy it? Personally, other than battery life, it's one of the single best computing devices that you can buy today

RE: Or maybe...
By Da W on 8/5/2013 12:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed! Since i have my surface (with office 365) my desktop sits in the basement basicly just to play games. Even my HTC ones is mostly used as a wi-fi hotspot so i can use my surace on the go.
Haswell will improve battery life, but that's about it. It has more than enough power already.

RE: Or maybe...
By Jeffk464 on 8/5/2013 2:27:59 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't easier to office work on something like an ultra book? I still cant see these for productivity.

RE: Or maybe...
By Jeffk464 on 8/5/2013 7:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
I really need an edit button.

RE: Or maybe...
By retrospooty on 8/5/2013 11:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
That and "slash" is usually reserved for major cuts. Like 1/2. $999 to $899 for 128gb is more of a "trim" of the price. Still too much for what you get. It's a nice device, but not for $899.

RE: Or maybe...
By Labotomizer on 8/5/2013 11:52:38 AM , Rating: 2
I disagree. I thought it was a bargain at $999. Granted that's for my usage and, as I've stated previously, it's not a device everyone can benefit from. At $899 it sounds even better.

RE: Or maybe...
By Mint on 8/5/2013 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
Surface is a nice device, but unless you REALLY need something now, there's no point getting one before the Haswell version arrives.

Anand's battery tests with the MacBook Air show Haswell to be a power-sipping beast, and that's just with the ULT version, with ULX and ULY being even better. Surface 2.0 will have twice the battery life and half the cooling requirements (thus reduced weight).

At that point, the original Surface will barely be worth $500 to me.

RE: Or maybe...
By Labotomizer on 8/5/2013 4:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
I got mine in April. And it was an anniversary present. Truth be told, I was okay with waiting until end of this year/early next year for the next iteration. But I am psyched I have it. Traveling with this, even when compared to an Ultrabook (and especially compared to a mobile workstation) is AWESOME. And using it in the middle of a data center with a USB to serial adapter, also pretty great.

But that's me. For some Ultrabooks are better. For others an iPad or Android tablet will suffice. I'm not sure where choice suddenly became bad. And a device that fits some people's needs is a "stupid idea".

Oh wait, this is the internet... that's when we got to that point.

RE: Or maybe...
By OoklaTheMok on 8/5/2013 12:20:56 PM , Rating: 2
This is like how everyday, when they report how the stock exchanges closed for the day. When it closes with a 50 point change, out of 15000, it tends to always be reported dramatically as "falls", "drops" or "jumps". 50 points is statistically insignificant.

By mritter1981 on 8/6/2013 2:03:16 PM , Rating: 2
They could charge $10 for it, and I still won't buy it. As it does not meet any of my needs. It's a consumption device plain and simple. Win 8 (any flavor) failed, too much of a change for the sake of change mindset.

RE: Meh
By lexluthermiester on 8/6/2013 7:14:07 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! Too little to late and in the wrong way.

Cumbersome & Ugly GUI + lackluster hardware specs + pathetic battery life + big price tag - near fanatical fanbase = Commercial and Technological Failure for MS.

Easy to use & eye catching GUI + ok hardware specs + ok battery life + big price tag + near fanatical fanbase = Commercial success for Apple.

Easy to use & eye catching GUI + good[and ever improving] hardware specs + good battery life + fair price tag + loyal fanbase = Commercial and Technological success for companies supporting Android.

Now, I'm no rocket scientist, yet it seems to me that Google has the winning edge in the mobile arena.

Don't get me wrong, I like Windows 7[miss Windows XP]. Yet I have washed my hands of all things relating to the Windows Phone/8/RT way of thinking. I will not touch it. If they GAVE me the nicest Surface Tablet they make, I would look for ways to hack the bios/firmware to put Windows 7/Android/Linux on it. If it couldn't be done, I'd throw it in the garbage where it belongs.

RE: Meh
By OoklaTheMok on 8/7/2013 12:40:16 AM , Rating: 3
How on earth can you compare the iPad/Android tablet hardware against the Surface Pro, and come to the conclusion that the Surface Pro is lackluster? The Surface Pro runs circles around the others. Every benchmark has shown that the Surface Pro slaughters the others.

Next, referring to the Android UI as both easy to use and eye catching is frankly ridiculous. The only things Google has gotten right in the Android UI have all been rip-offs from both iOS and Windows Phone. The rest of Android is a complete UX mess, no two things work the same. Then there is the whole issue with Android that there aren't any consistent software updates. Yeah you can root it, and put whatever you want on there, but that isn't for the average user. An Android device is much like that of Swatch. It was considered the best disposable watch you could buy. An Android device has to be cheap because they are disposable devices. They are meant to be thrown/given away when a newer version of Android is available.

And then to take a page out of the Apple/Android fan playbook... the Surface Pro runs millions of more programs and apps than iOS or Android. For example, how many different browsers can you install on an iOS or Android device? Doh!

And still unavailable here
By Visual on 8/7/2013 4:24:45 AM , Rating: 2
I would have bought one on day 1 if it were being sold in Bulgaria, but Microsoft seems to not want to sell them.
I actually wonder if this is even legal. I could understand it if they were sold only retail, naturally no one can force them to open shop in my neighborhood. But since they offer it on-line with shipping to any European destination, I think they should offer it to every European destination, and at the same price give or take the actual shipping cost differences. Maybe I should see what the EU court thinks...

Same goes for Google Play hardware store and probably many others.

Yoga 13
By flyingpants1 on 8/7/2013 8:07:47 PM , Rating: 2
The Yoga 13 is already $900 with comparable specs. 128gb/8gb/i3.

13" is probably the minimum size for every day use for most people, no way would I buy a 10" device as my main machine or even my main laptop.

Still over priced
By Belard on 8/8/2013 4:34:55 AM , Rating: 2
The Surface still hasn't added any true value... not for most home used. But pretty much only for the techno-geeks.

It still needs a $130 Touch Keyboard "to get work done"... why is a keyboard $130?! Something like that costs only about $20~25 to make.

So you are still looking at spending $1000 for a tiny Ultra-book that converts to a tablet that is HEAVY, hot and has very limited battery life.

Its still better to simply have a $500~600 15" notebook with a much better keyboard, a bigger screen and then have a $300~400 tablet for comfort and more portable use.

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