Microsoft Surface RT tablet Wi-Fi-only; 32GB for $599 with, $499 without keyboard, $699 for 64GB

“Microsoft has now unveiled the pricing for both of its ARM-based Surface RT tablets at its Microsoft online stores,” Tom Warren reports for The Verge.

“The 10.6-inch Surface, powered by Windows RT, will go on sale on October 26th and will be priced starting at $499 for the 32GB version without Touch Cover and a 32GB version with the Touch Cover for $599,” Warren reports. “icrosoft is also offering 64GB model for $699 with a Touch Cover included.”

Warren reports, “The company has also listed the prices for its Touch Cover, at $119.99 each, and Type Cover for $129.99… Update: Microsoft’s online store listing has now gone offline.”

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“The device is expected to be Wi-Fi-only, and its Touch Cover add-on works as a screen protector, stand, and keyboard. Surface for Windows 8 Pro is expected to launch after the Windows RT version, and will come with a “full HD” 1080p screen resolution. That device will likely be more expensive than the Windows RT model,” Don Reisinger reports for CNET.

“Windows 8 is scheduled to launch on October 26. Windows RT, which will be running on the Surfaces leaked on the store site, will run on ARM processors,” Reisinger reports. “Microsoft will also sell Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise versions. Those models are not compatible with ARM-based chips.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Typically confused Microsoftian mess.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jax44” for the heads up.]

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54 Comments

    1. Also, this appears to be the return policy:
      “Hardware, Including Computers and Xbox (excluding RAM)
      Returns and exchanges of computers, computer hardware items (including mice, keyboards, and printers), and other hardware items (including Xbox 360 consoles and controllers, Zune players, and accessories), will be honored for thirty (30) days from the date of purchase, PROVIDED THE ITEM HAS NOT BEEN OPENED or altered from its original state and does not show wear or damage.

    2. While, I enjoy my Apple devices, I truly hope MS has a competitive product. It will drive Apple to be more reasonable in some areas, ie. memory, and drive them to make even better products. Being less hubris would also help. I miss a matte screen on the macs and the ability to do self upgrades.

    1. This is a repeat of Zune. A product that matches Apple’s pricing, while providing MUCH less value. Microsoft’s delusion is that the “Windows” name somehow makes it more valuable, when the opposite is actually true for most consumers.

      It should have been called ZunePad, with a brown keyboard cover.

  1. These will fly off the shelves; who would want to buy an iPad with 3G (or “4G”), when they can get a tablet, PLUS a keyboard, Plus extra 16GB of storage, minus 3G (“4G”), for (almost) the same amount of money…?

    There is a strong chance that this will be almost as popular, and as massive a seller as the original brown Zune!

    1. … the product, but that 3G and 4G you’re talking up costs money. Note that Apple has similar products out there, those without said extra-cost capabilities. My wife uses hers daily.
      BTW: I’ve re-considered the “physical keyboard” question. Sure, we get along just fine without. Things would be easier WITH.

  2. Gosh, selling the keyboard as an addon, what a brilliant concept. I bet a lot of them will get trashed too, either after being sold or not sold.

    Either way I like their strategy, I like it a lot.

    Balllllmer forever!

      1. You are absolutely right and it’s probably a good thing that they can dance, after all from what the ladies tell me they are not only softies all over, but mini, mini micro too.

  3. lets see..

    The mini supposedly starts at $250-300

    the Galaxy Note II starts at $300

    The Surface and iPad start $499

    The Nexus 7 and Amazon HD. $199

    If I had to bet which ones would sell best, I would go with the iPad mini.

        1. Make sure that you don’t open it:
          “Hardware, Including Computers and Xbox (excluding RAM)
          Returns and exchanges of computers, computer hardware items (including mice, keyboards, and printers), and other hardware items (including Xbox 360 consoles and controllers, Zune players, and accessories), will be honored for thirty (30) days from the date of purchase, PROVIDED THE ITEM HAS NOT BEEN OPENED or altered from its original state and does not show wear or damage.”

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