Surface RT priced at $499 or $599 with Touch Cover
[Update: Listing has gone offline] Microsoft has finally announced the pricing of its ARM-based Surface RT tablet. The 10.6-inch Surface RT, running Windows 8 (ARM version), will be launched on October 25th and will go on sale starting October 26th and it will be priced at $499 for the 32GB version without Touch Cover and $599 for 32GB version with the Touch Cover. The 64GB model will cost you $699 with a Touch Cover included.
Surface RT weighs just 1.5lbs, is 9.3mm thick and includes a built-in kickstand and vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case. The company has also listed the prices for its Touch Cover, which will cost $119.99 and Type Cover, which will cost $129.99. The Touch Cover will be available in white, red, black, blue, and purple colors while the Type Cover will be available in black color for the time being.
Very reasonable pricing. You get NFC capability micro HDMI slot, USB slot, MicroSD slot, 2GB of RAM, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, double the storage of an entry level iPad, Microsoft Office 2013, and a lot more out of the box for just $499. Millions of unsatisfied iPad owners returned their device just because it lacked those stuff. But Microsoft really need to have a better introductory price for a couple of months to get the tablet under as many Christmas trees as possible. $499 isn’t overpriced, like the iPad, but its not inexpensive enough to pull many people away from iPad. Its competitive, but they needed to do better than just be competitive. Also, paying $100 extra for Touch Cover keyboard sucks (it should be a part of the tablet without any additional cost or atleast shouldn’t be priced more than $40). App selection is also very less (but when did the iPad launch with gazillions of iPad-compatible apps?) and the increase in the number of apps depends on how many people buy the tablet and how many developers are willing to dive in. Let’s see if this tablet becomes a success or not!