Despite the flurry of excitement around the upcoming Surface tablet, Microsoft has yet to announce an official price for its upcoming tablet, so there is much speculation among the market as to what the price will be. The Surface RT is expected to be released around October 2012, with the pro version hitting shelves around December or New Year.
Recently CNET and other tech sites jumped on apparent “news” that a Swedish retail site had knowledge of the retail price of the tablet, though later it was acknowledged by the site that it has come up with the price on its own.
So, what is the second guessing showing so far and do we think they will be wide of the mark when Microsoft releases the tablet. In October It seems the current guesses going with gut instincts of the marketplace in general spot around $530 to $630 for the Surface RT (32GB and 64GB) and around $850 to $950 for the Surface Pro (64GB and 128GB).
In June Microsoft announced the two versions that would be available, the RT, running on an ARM CPU and a pro version running Intel with a full version of Windows 8. At the time, though no official prices were announced, Microsoft were keen to point out both would be “competitively priced.”
The most popular examples of premium tablets currently available are the third generation Apple iPad and the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700. Premium tablets usually include two cameras, a fast (quad core, high res screen) and a durable (usually metal-based build). We know Surface will have front and back camera, in addition to sporting an NVIDIA CPU of unknown core count.
With iPad’s current popularity it’s likely Microsoft will stay true to their word about competitive pricing and we’ll see the Surface entering the market as much as £100 less.