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Microsoft targets iPad pricing

Microsoft has gone official with pricing on its Surface RT tablets. Most people have been hoping the Microsoft Surface RT tablets would come in at less than Apple’s hugely popular iPad. However, Microsoft’s pricing puts Surface in close competition with comparable third generation iPads and higher than the iPad 2.
The 32GB Windows Surface RT tablet without the Black Touch cover, which also doubles as a keyboard, is $499. That makes it $100 more expensive than the entry-level Apple iPad 2 at $399. The $499 entry price for the Surface RT tablet puts it on par with pricing for the 16GB “New iPad”.
If you want the Touch Cover with its integrated keyboard, that option is $100 when you order, or $119.99 as an add-on later. You can pre-order the 32GB version with the cover for $599.
The third version has 64 GB of storage and ships with the Touch Cover – it will cost you $699. Any of the three tablet versions can be pre-ordered today with delivery expected by October 26.
Analysts seem to think that Windows 8 tablet pricing is too expensive, however, what do you guys think?
In other Surface news, you can catch Microsoft’s first ad for the new tablet here:

Source: Microsoft

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$100 for a cover? Microsoft must be joking
By tayb on 10/16/2012 10:25:58 AM , Rating: 2
The $100 extra for the cover is just a joke. $100 for a cover? Seriously MS? Do you even care about making a dent in this market or are you just doing it for the luls? I was interested in this model. Past tense.

RE: $100 for a cover? Microsoft must be joking
By Florinator on 10/16/2012 12:04:28 PM , Rating: 1
How about $100 for a keyboard, that also acts like a cover? Do you even know what you're talking about?

By Cheesew1z69 on 10/16/2012 12:11:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think he baffled me when he posted that...

By tayb on 10/16/2012 12:21:56 PM , Rating: 2
I'm acutely aware that the cover doubles as a keyboard. This changes absolutely nothing about the price. The cover also lacks a magnetic closing latch which means it will just dangle freely when toting around the tablet. It's a ripoff.

By Netscorer on 10/16/2012 12:23:43 PM , Rating: 3
a crappy keyboard, you mean. Nobody in their right mind would be able to use it as their main keyboard.

By Florinator on 10/16/2012 5:24:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'll let you guys know how it works in about 10 days ;-)

By Moishe on 10/17/2012 2:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
It's a keyboard and trackpad... this isn't like a $30 ipad cover with magnets to tell the device when it's open or closed. It actually has a alternate function

And the keyboard is priced competitively with other attachable keyboards.

If you're going to put it down, at least put it down fairly so we can respect your opinion.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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