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Pricing for Microsoft Surface Tablets and Covers Revealed

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Microsoft's Surface tablet line will start at just $500.

Microsoft has kept pretty quiet about its Surface tablets. Despite unveiling the two slates back in mid-June, we still don't have a full list of specs for the devices. In fact, we're fast approaching the launch of the Surface tablets, and we still don't know what exactly is under the hood. Up until today, we didn't even know how Microsoft was going to price the devices.

The price of the Surface models has been the topic of much debate with many wondering what price point the tablets will start at. Though Microsoft has yet to talk pricing for the Intel-based model running a full Windows 8 install, the company this accidentally revealed pricing for its lower-end Windows RT model based on ARM this morning.

Though the site has since gone offline, it was up long enough for news of the pricing to spread like wildfire. The 32GB ARM-based Surface will sell for $499 sans Touch Cover. You can pay an additional $100 for the 32GB plus Touch Cover. There's also a $700 64GB model that will come with a Touch Cover included. It's not clear if Microsoft plans to sell the 64GB without the Touch Cover. If you buy the 32GB without the Touch Cover and change your mind, you'll be paying $120 to buy it separately. The Type cover will set you back ten bucks more at $130. Pricing in Canada is $20 more for the tablet SKUs, and $10 more for the separate covers.

Microsoft's Surface tablets are set to launch on October 26, the same time as Windows 8. No word on whether or not Microsoft plans to talk pricing in an official capacity prior to that date.

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    zak_mckraken , October 16, 2012 5:15 PM
    For the x86 model, it would have been a good price point. 500$ for the RT model is just too much, especially without the cover.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 16, 2012 5:08 PM
    I can't believe they actually think they can get away with $500 for the base model without a cover.
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    phamhlam , October 16, 2012 5:35 PM
    For $500, this is why people would chose a Surface over an iPad
    32GB memory + 64GB SD card
    Better screen (it looks better even with a lower resolution than the iPad)
    Office 2013 RT
    CNC machine (high precision) case
    2x2 MIMO wifi
    USB 2.0 ports that can be used to read USB flash drive
    Can print on hundreds of printer

    This tablet is just better built.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 16, 2012 5:08 PM
    I can't believe they actually think they can get away with $500 for the base model without a cover.
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    vidfreek , October 16, 2012 5:09 PM
    Yeah I'm not sure about going for one of these, so many great Android tablets out there for less money, MS coming out with a tablet like this at the price point of an Ipad? Not a huge fan of Apple but I think the Ipad will win out, me I'll stick with my Asus TF300 which has been great and cost me $120 less than this would have
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    chuckydb , October 16, 2012 5:15 PM
    That cover is expensive as F¤¢¦¤¢¦.
    I still keep my dream of soon seeing a win RT/ Android tablet.
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    zak_mckraken , October 16, 2012 5:15 PM
    For the x86 model, it would have been a good price point. 500$ for the RT model is just too much, especially without the cover.
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    jackbling , October 16, 2012 5:27 PM
    If the pro is sub 800, it can still do well; microsoft should consider some type of subsidy to price the pro near the 700 mark.

    The synergy between tablet and home OS is a good selling point, as long as the buy-in isnt too steep.
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    damianrobertjones , October 16, 2012 5:29 PM
    So... How many of you know that it's being released with a version of Microsoft Office? Hands up? Suddenly the price, specially compared to the ipad, is excellent.
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    LORD_ORION , October 16, 2012 5:35 PM
    Total harebrained idiocy at that price.

    The number of windows developers that left to program iOS is staggering. (because they can actually make money doing this)

    The mobile MS platform is going to remain small, so they aren't going to get these developers back, and the apps are going to suffer.

    I am betting this is the end of MS's relevance.

    Everyone hates Windows 8, and nobody is going to buy surface at that price. Good job.
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    phamhlam , October 16, 2012 5:35 PM
    For $500, this is why people would chose a Surface over an iPad
    32GB memory + 64GB SD card
    Better screen (it looks better even with a lower resolution than the iPad)
    Office 2013 RT
    CNC machine (high precision) case
    2x2 MIMO wifi
    USB 2.0 ports that can be used to read USB flash drive
    Can print on hundreds of printer

    This tablet is just better built.
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    LORD_ORION , October 16, 2012 5:38 PM
    damianrobertjonesSo... How many of you know that it's being released with a version of Microsoft Office? Hands up? Suddenly the price, specially compared to the ipad, is excellent.


    There better be a $299 RT option without Office... who wants to use a tablet for word processing?
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    bigdragon , October 16, 2012 5:41 PM
    Did Microsoft not learn anything from HP and RIM with their tablet OS experiments? You can't simply price the same hardware at the same price as competitors and expect overnight market share explosive growth. Microsoft isn't bothering to compete with Apple, Samsung, Asus, and others -- they're just aiming for parity. I think this is a really bad idea that will stifle adoption of their new tablet platform. Microsoft needs to sweeten the deal better to get people to buy these things. Including the type cover or coming in at $400 would have been a better idea. The inclusion of Microsoft Office is a moot point given that competitors have been including things like Polaris Office, which is good enough, on their products.

    Microsoft, wake up and compete! Get that price down or include the type cover! For $500 I could buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 that has an office suite, painting apps for the stylus, access to Google Play, a higher resolution screen, and better battery life. That's far better value than a Surface tablet at the same price.
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    CaedenV , October 16, 2012 5:46 PM
    damianrobertjonesSo... How many of you know that it's being released with a version of Microsoft Office? Hands up? Suddenly the price, specially compared to the ipad, is excellent.

    Students generally purchase the full version of office for $50 or less through their school, my local school sells office for $10 to students. Businesses have volume licence agreements, and will not appreciate spending that money on something they already own the rights to use on their machines... much less that these are only running word, excel, powerpoint, and onenote.
    So yes, we know that office is included in the price... but for most it is either too high a price, or an unwanted add-on that they should be able to install themselves if they want it.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 16, 2012 5:46 PM
    damianrobertjonesSo... How many of you know that it's being released with a version of Microsoft Office? Hands up? Suddenly the price, specially compared to the ipad, is excellent.

    Uh, I can't speak for everyone else, but I know this. It doesn't stop the tablet from being too expensive, given everything that should have been factored in when they decided on the price.
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    Pinhedd , October 16, 2012 5:46 PM
    bigdragonDid Microsoft not learn anything from HP and RIM with their tablet OS experiments? You can't simply price the same hardware at the same price as competitors and expect overnight market share explosive growth. Microsoft isn't bothering to compete with Apple, Samsung, Asus, and others -- they're just aiming for parity. I think this is a really bad idea that will stifle adoption of their new tablet platform. Microsoft needs to sweeten the deal better to get people to buy these things. Including the type cover or coming in at $400 would have been a better idea. The inclusion of Microsoft Office is a moot point given that competitors have been including things like Polaris Office, which is good enough, on their products.Microsoft, wake up and compete! Get that price down or include the type cover! For $500 I could buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 that has an office suite, painting apps for the stylus, access to Google Play, a higher resolution screen, and better battery life. That's far better value than a Surface tablet at the same price.


    People are more than willing to pay top dollar for good tablets. With the sole exception of the iPad most tablets are pure crap. Windows 8 is a very nice OS and the Surface Pro will most likely be a huge hit with anyone who wants to run x86 apps on a tablet (read, the entire business sector).
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    bigdragon , October 16, 2012 5:57 PM
    pinheddPeople are more than willing to pay top dollar for good tablets. With the sole exception of the iPad most tablets are pure crap. Windows 8 is a very nice OS and the Surface Pro will most likely be a huge hit with anyone who wants to run x86 apps on a tablet (read, the entire business sector).

    We're talking about the Surface RT, not the Surface Pro. At $500 the Surface RT will flop. That business sector you made reference to isn't going to snap up a device that doesn't support domain join. Also, there have been plenty of good tablets aside from the iPad. The Xoom, Transformer, and Galaxy lineup have all been solid offerings. Microsoft lacks the popular appeal Apple commands and lacks the enormous open ecosystem Android wields. Surface RT and Windows 8 RT are in WebOS-like trouble if Microsoft doesn't get Surface RT tablets into the hands of everyone they can, and pricing it at parity with iPads and Android tablets is not the way to do it.
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    zorky9 , October 16, 2012 6:13 PM
    MSFT diving into the tablet hardware business already upset their partners, who have to absorb the OS license fees. Were MSFT to price this lower, Acer, Dell and the likes will probably stay away from Windows 8 slates.
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    hate machine , October 16, 2012 6:14 PM
    Wish the Surface Pro launched along side this, I'm getting one for my girlfriend and my company is getting me one to replace my Laptop.
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    jaber2 , October 16, 2012 6:19 PM
    Will they sell 1 million units? how about 2? what would you consider they are thinking they would get in first month? just in time for holidays, how about some early X-Mas shopping?
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    suau , October 16, 2012 6:20 PM
    bigdragonDid Microsoft not learn anything from HP and RIM with their tablet OS experiments? You can't simply price the same hardware at the same price as competitors and expect overnight market share explosive growth. Microsoft isn't bothering to compete with Apple, Samsung, Asus, and others -- they're just aiming for parity. I think this is a really bad idea that will stifle adoption of their new tablet platform. Microsoft needs to sweeten the deal better to get people to buy these things. Including the type cover or coming in at $400 would have been a better idea. The inclusion of Microsoft Office is a moot point given that competitors have been including things like Polaris Office, which is good enough, on their products.Microsoft, wake up and compete! Get that price down or include the type cover! For $500 I could buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 that has an office suite, painting apps for the stylus, access to Google Play, a higher resolution screen, and better battery life. That's far better value than a Surface tablet at the same price.


    ... actually the MS surface has a stylus as well, IPS screen, kickstand, sdxc card slot, full size USB port(meaning you can plug anything in there you want) microsoft office (still the best office suite hands down) the RT version is most probably going to the have awesome batterylife. All this does more than justify the price. Now add the built quality on top of it and a 100$ option for a keyboard, which you can decide not to buy and still have more input options than an iPad (mouse+keyboard on USB/BT +kickstand).
    Unlike android or iOS tablets the surface RT can actually REPLACE a desktop/laptop for casual users and the surface Pro is going to be a great replacement for anyone who was happy with an ultrabook or 1yrs+ old laptop.
    Don't get me wrong, i love my android phone and can't decide if microsoft or apple is worse, but the MS surface is probably going to be the best tablet option out there. (yeah i'll confirm it when i see it myself or a proper review)
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    olaf , October 16, 2012 6:54 PM
    frikkin 100$ for a keyboard .... they are doing it wrong...
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    beardguy , October 16, 2012 6:58 PM
    32GB stroage for a supposed laptop replacement, wtf! Even 64 GB is not enough for a work machine.
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