“Swedish website Webhallen.com is listing Microsoft Surface tablet pricing on its site,” Robert Brand reports for WP Central. “If these details are correct then pricing would be substantially higher than previously thought. Of particular interest here is the cheapest ARM based WinRT device, a 32GB model, showing up costing around £648.00 or $1000.”

Brand reports, “It had previously been suggested that WinRT tablets would be priced relatively in line with current ARM based tablets… [but, vs. Apple’s iPad] the Surface is going to be much more expensive. Currently you can pick up a 32GB Wi-Fi only iPad for about £479.00 or £579.00 for the 3g variant. In either case, that puts the Surface well above the current market leader. Even if the Surface device is to be 3g enabled it would still be £70 more expensive in comparison. It has been rumoured that the Surface is not 3G capable, if that’s the case then the price gap leaps to £169.”

Brand reports, “The ARM version will not have the flexibility of Pro when it comes to application compatibility so pricing is key. This version is designed to take the iPad head on, if it cannot compete on price from the get go then we have to ask, ‘What is the point?'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A cool grand for a vapor-painted Blurry Ass Tablet™ afflicted with terminal AppLack™? Imagine that thing kickstanded up against and iPad with Retina Display starting at $499?! Microsoft’s WART is even more DOA. Even Microsoft isn’t that stupid, right?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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