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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RE: Yeah too expensive.
10/17/2012 2:26:48 PM
Did you read the MS Surface team on reddit?
One of the things they addressed was the resolution. In my mind (techie) I tend to go for the "bigger is better" concept. I thought, geez, how can they compete with the retina display... but I see their reasoning behind the resolution and I respect it for what it is. Whether is works or not is yet to be seen.
One thing Surface has against it is that based on pure spec numbers, the Surface will look bad in a couple of ways. It may not mean anything in practical senses, but it's still a checkbox that some will use to compare.
On the other hand, most consumers won't even look at the checkbox. They'll see the device in person, the price, and the other benefits and make their judgement.
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