MSFT Partners Said to be Worried About Surface Release

In the run up to the release of Microsoft's debut tablet, partners of the firm have reportedly expressed concerns about a decrease in interest from the software giant. Due to Microsoft's focus on establishing its own hardware business, partners feel their software supplier "will no longer be concerned about its downstream partners' thoughts or complaints."

DigiTimes' unnamed sources expressed concerns about the pricing of Surface. In particular, they believe that RT model's $499 starting price will provide an extremely competitive price for other vendors due to release Windows 8 devices at higher prices.

Windows 8 tablets will be released by the likes of Acer, Asustek Computer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and ZTE.

A 32GB model without a touch cover for Surface is priced at $499 (which sold out a day after pre-orders commenced), or $599 for a model with a black touch cover. This is in addition to a 64GB model that comes with a black touch cover and is priced at $699. Keyboard covers are sold separately at $129.99, while touch covers in different colors are sold for a price of $119.99.

Surface launches alongside Windows 8 on Friday.

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  • guardianangel42
    Considering the hardware manufacturers providing PC's based on Microsoft's software have been doing such a terrible job, I'm glad Microsoft is making them sweat. This can only be good for the consumer.
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  • Neverdyne
    bavmanThis tablet is overpriced for what it offers. Will not do well.


    Tell that to Apple.
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  • dalethepcman
    Also considering that most Tegra 3 tablets are in the $400 price range, Microsoft selling one at $500 is just about right.

    I am not sure what the manufacturers are complaining about. Make a better product, listen to your customers, compete instead of sit on your ass and you will do fine.
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  • guardianangel42
    Considering the hardware manufacturers providing PC's based on Microsoft's software have been doing such a terrible job, I'm glad Microsoft is making them sweat. This can only be good for the consumer.
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  • dalethepcman
    Also considering that most Tegra 3 tablets are in the $400 price range, Microsoft selling one at $500 is just about right.

    I am not sure what the manufacturers are complaining about. Make a better product, listen to your customers, compete instead of sit on your ass and you will do fine.
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  • Inferno1217
    dalethepcmanAlso considering that most Tegra 3 tablets are in the $400 price range, Microsoft selling one at $500 is just about right.I am not sure what the manufacturers are complaining about. Make a better product, listen to your customers, compete instead of sit on your ass and you will do fine.


    Not true Nexus 7 using Tegra 3 can be had for as little as $199.
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