Pricing details of Microsoft's much awaited Surface RT tablet have finally 'surfaced' online. The details seen in the US store (which now seem to have been taken down) showed that the entry level 32GB version of the Surface RT will cost $499 without the Touch Cover and $599 inclusive of the cover. The top end 64GB model is priced at an all-inclusive $699. Furthermore, if you also choose to buy the Surface Type Cover individually, it will set you back $129.99.
While the US store seems to have pulled off the listings, the Microsoft Canada store
still shows the pricing, which is higher than its US counterpart.The tablet is up for pre-orders and is scheduled to be delivered by October 26. The Surface will be available beginning October 26, following a kick-off event for media on October 25.
The pricing of the Surface RT tablet seems to be in line with Apple's new iPad with the Wi-Fi only models priced at $499 for the 16GB, $599 for the 32GB and $699 for the 64GB version.
An earlier report by The Wall Street Journal
stated that Microsoft has ordered production of 3 to 5 million units of the Surface tablet from its Asian component suppliers for the fourth quarter this year. As per the report, it seeks to compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 7 tablets, which ramped up similar order volumes.
Citing two familiar people with the situation, the report confirms that mass manufacturing of the Surface tablets began earlier this month.
Microsoft just released two first ever commercials featuring its Windows 8 OS
and the Surface
tablet, clearly highlighting the Redmond-based company's aggressive marketing campaign. Steve Ballmer and his crew have a lot up their sleeve with just 10 days to go before the big event.
Microsoft Surface in pictures