Back in June, Microsoft took most of the tech world by surprise by unveiling its own tablets called Microsoft Surface to take on Apple’s iPad and Android-based tablets.
Microsoft had announced that it will be offering two versions of their tablet, which will come with 10.6-inch multitouch display – the first one will be powered by an ARM processor and will run Windows 8 RT – the tablet version of Windows 8 and the second one is powered by an Intel Core processor and will run Windows 8 Pro – a desktop version of Windows 8.
But Microsoft had not revealed the prices at that time. The suspense is finally over as Microsoft seems to have accidentally revealed the prices of Windows Surface RT tablet. The price is right in line with the iPad, with the entry-level 32GB Surface RT costing $499. In fact, it’s better as the entry-level iPad comes with only 16GB.
Microsoft has also unveiled two accessories for the tablets – Touch Cover and Type Cover keyboards. The 3-mm Touch Cover clicks into the Surface just like iPad smart cover via a magnetic connector. It not only protects the screen but it also transforms into a full-sized keyboard with a built-in trackpad. It uses a unique pressure-sensitive technology, which Microsoft says senses keystrokes as gestures, enabling users to touch type significantly faster than with an on-screen keyboard. The 5-mm Type Cover also protects the screen and full-sized keyboard with a built-in trackpad, but it offers a more traditional typing experience.
The Touch Cover keyboard will be available for $119.99, but the entry-level 32GB Surface RT tablet with Touch Cover will be available for $599 and the high-end 64GB Surface RT with Touch Cover will be available for $699. The Type Cover will be available for $129.99.
The webpage on Microsoft’s Online Store that revealed the prices has since been updated to say “Coming Soon”.
Microsoft seems to be have high expectation on the Surface tablets as Wall Street Journal earlier reported that the company had ordered 3 to 5 million tablets for Q4.
Microsoft has also aired the first TV ad titled “The Surface Movement” featuring the Surface tablets last night as part of its marketing blitz for Windows 8 launch, which will reportedly cost the company over $1 billion.
It remains to be seen if Microsoft Surface RT will slow down iPad’s momentum, which currently has more than 50% share of the tablet market. What do you think? Sound off in the comments.
Microsoft Surface RT tablets are now available pre-order on Microsoft Store Online for delivery by October 26.