Microsoft Reveals Pricing Details for Surface Tablets

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Microsoft today unveiled the pricing and specifications details for its Surface RT, scaled down version of Microsoft Surface Tablets, which will be available later this month starting October 26th, 2012.

Keeping its promise, of making Surface RT available in line with competition prices, Microsoft said that 32GB version of Surface RT will be available at USD 499, same the price of competition tablet from Apple.

There are three versions of Surface RT, for which Microsoft is already accepting pre-orders, for which following are the pricing details:

  • Surface with Windows RT – 32 GB without Black Touch Cover: USD 499
  • Surface with Windows RT – 32 GB with Black Touch Cover: USD 599
  • Surface with Windows RT – 64 GB with Black Touch Cover: USD 699

Microsoft has said that Surface with Windows RT will work exclusively with apps from the Windows Store, just like iPad that works with apps from app store only.

Here are the specification details of Microsoft Surface RT Tablets:

  • OS: Windows RT, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview
  • CPU
    • Chip: NVIDIA T30
    • System memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Size: 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 in
  • Weight: Less than 1.5 lbs
  • Storage: 32 GB / 64 GB
  • Display:
    • Screen: 10.6" ClearType HD Display
    • Resolution: 1366 x768
    • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen)
    • Touch: 5-point multi-touch
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Battery:
    • Up to 8 hours mixed activity
    • 7-15 days idle life
  • Camera: Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing
  • Ports: Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card reader, Headphone jack, HD video out port, Cover port
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer


  • M.Aswad Mehtab

    Some Neat & Expensive Stuff …

    • Shahid Saleem

      Too expensive. I’m afraid it’ll fail.

      • Royale Style

        If Ipad havent failed then why it will? I will Rock, I a sure!

        • Shahid Saleem

          in which market is ipad a success? in markets where people can afford it. most of the world can afford an Rs 12,000 tablet. Not Rs 50,000 tablet. Even if I made Rs 100,000/month, I would have to think about buying an iPad.

          • Fetch
          • Fetch

            iPad holds 68 percent of the tablet market.

            • Shahid Saleem

              So? Blackberry held a very high percentage of the smartphone market before 2007. Where is it now?

              In the US already 50%+ of the phone sales are now Android, not iPhone.

              • Fetch

                First of all if you don’t have any mental problems let me clear it. The discussion was not about the predictions or past, its about what’s at the top in the market right now and it was about the tablets not the smart phone. Hope it make sense.

                • Shahid Saleem

                  Again, who cares who is on top RIGHT NOW? Look at the table in the article I linked to. Samsung and Acer’s market share is growing MORE THAN DOUBLE while Apple is high, but less than that. And that is not a prediction, but the market reality.

                  I don’t know why you are obsessed with who is on top right now. What’s important is who is gaining or losing market share. And right now, neither of Apple, Samsung, Acer are losing market share, but Apple is growing slower than the others.

                  Eventually there will be market saturation, and by then it is highly likely that there will be more Android users than Apple.

                  • Fetch

                    Insane!.. im not obsessed with who is at the top, but started the discussion to clear your wrong perception about the success of iPad. You your self claimed that ”
                    in which market is ipad a success”… later its proved that currently iPad is on success.. but just to cover that up you started referencing followers and their info …now you define your definition of success? tell me one thing which one of these holds the success ….the market leader or market follower?.

                    • Shahid Saleem

                      Again: the iPad cannot compete in markets where cheaper alternatives exist, and people have less buying power. The longer it takes for Apple to launch cheaper versions in more markets, the more quickly they will be saturated with Android 4.x tablets. (Maybe that is why they are going to make the iPad Mini.)

                      Android tablets are down to just Rs 12,000 or so for cheap cheap Ainol tablets. I have even heard from someone last week in the US that he can buy 5″ Android tablets for $75 at bulk stores like our Metro. Obviously not the best quality, but you can see where it is heading.
                      I can say BMW is a success, too. Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes. And you can find them on our streets as well. But can you say they have successfully targeted our car consumers? Certainly not! They are out of our reach.

          • Spider

            Mr. Saleem how much you know about the tablet market?.. Search and you’ll find out that currently apple is the leader in tablet market, despite the availability of android tablets in impressive hardware, iPad still dominating that all.

            • Shahid Saleem

              Being a leader is not enough.

              http://www.bgr.com/2012/08/02/ipad-market-share-q2-2012-tablets-idc/

              Of course iPad has a head start, but Samsung and Acer tablet sales are growing faster.

              • Spider

                “in which market is ipad a success?”… Ok now you know that “iPad has a head start”… while samsung and Acer also in race since long but still they are far behind… Ofcourse apple will keep focus in future to be at top. All in all if @Royale Style compared it with surface then whats wrong ofcourse it will be compared with a tablet which is current leader rather a tablet which is trying to stay in market. So, if a tablet is holding such high market then there’s no reason to deny that success. You should accept it, still if its annoying you ;)

      • M.Aswad Mehtab

        The Basic unit is already out of stock …selling like hot cakes …

        • Spider

          Nothing can be said about its launch success until we know the quantity in that unit. Ofcourse a smaller quantity could be soldout within no time.

          • M.Aswad Mehtab

            Actually Microsoft would be eyeing on the success of Windows 8 and its variants rather than this slate in particular , As there are many other manufacturers who are introducing Windows 8 Hardware, Same like Google has its own nexus brand but it always pushes Android Forward so M.S also following this sort of trend…

            • Spider

              I don’t think so because in case, Google offering Nexus 7 at much cheap price. Microsoft is offering the RT at such high price i wonder how much expensive PRO gonna be.

              • M.Aswad Mehtab

                As i mentioned earlier, The the trend is almost same , But surface is a bit different product and not comparable to nexus 7 as it is not intended for that market . But i am not sure why they are expecting people to pre-order when we don’t even know how Surface actually works of performs …

                • Spider

                  Biggest drawback is the confusion between two versions of it because people might expect RT to run Windows x86 based apps. I don’t think that currently buying RT is a good step because its apps market is not that good right now may be in future but right now only a few apps are built for it. On the other hand PRO is very heavier around 1Kg and fatty..If its concern to OS then surface is not the only tablet on which Windows 8 would be available. Samsung, LG and ASUS has already made laptops convertible to tablets.

                  • M.Aswad Mehtab

                    exactly !! So M.S would have thought about this too Naturally.. that’s why i said earlier they are not too worried about the success of this tablets they just want to spread windows 8 as much as possible …

            • Spider

              I dont think so because in case, Google is offering nexus 7 at much cheap price whereas, Microsoft offering RT at such high price. I wonder then how much expensive PRO gonna be.

      • reena

        yes it will fail.
        P.S. only in Pakistan. :P

      • Spider

        Agreed, reason would also be the lower number of quality apps. How much developers will take interest in developing apps for windows ARM based tablet, whereas another tablet would also be available on intel based architecture.

  • zain

    can anyone who manufacture hardware product like surface for microsoft as microsoft is basically a software developing company

  • Too expensive

  • is se behter Google Nexus 7 ha

    • M.Aswad Mehtab

      This thing is incomparable with Androids and IOS because this will be a complete deal, Power of windows on which you can do real stuff along with just playing games surf web and watch movies, It will run full software so this is Huge !!

      • Shahid Saleem

        Wrong, this is Windows RT, not Windows 8. Different from your desktop.

        And in what way is iPad or Nexus 7 bad for games or surfing or watching movies?

        • Google Nexus 7 rocks battery timing is more then 12 hours i have used it

  • omer

    the biggest difference between MS tablet and andriod tablet is MS office . Andriod lack it badly

    • Saad Durrani

      You must be living in a cave. There is Kingston Office.

      • arsh

        agree wid saad :)

  • kamran khanzada

    It will officially only run software available through the Windows Store.Windows RT will not include Windows Media Player, a multimedia playback software found in other Windows 8 versions

  • Wireless Internet Services

    really expensive

  • hash

    At last a competitor to the iPad, Android tablets were no way near ipad imo.

  • Muhammed Ovais Alam

    “No media player” and “you can only install apps from Windows market.” Really? Their (MS) way of marketing?

  • Ehtesham Shahzad

    it is technically cheaper then the iPad.

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