Microsoft Announces Official Surface RT Pricing, to Start from $499
October 16, 2012 9:30 AM
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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
, however, what do you guys think?
In other Surface news, you can catch Microsoft’s first ad for the new tablet here:
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10/17/2012 1:09:18 PM
iPAD 3 (32GB WIFI) - $599 (No Keyboard or Cover)
MS Surface (32GB WIFI) - $499 (No Keyboard or Cover)
w/ cover + keyboard +$100
So if you want to do the same as the iPad 3 w/o the cool keyboard it's $100 cheaper. In fact it is the same price as the iPad 2 which has 1024x768 resolution. So far the Surface is comparable in price to the iPad 2 and is better than that.
Quit the moaning and see the rational. $300? are you serious? The parts cost that much alone for each one. $400 would have been an aggressive price point. Realize you are buying something that can do pretty much most of everything you do on a laptop and be business productive
The real thing is that they should have made a 16Gb version to have the agressive $399 price point, but my guess is that with Full Office 15 and everything it probably would have left it with <6 Gb of space free.
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