Back in June, Microsoft dropped a bomb on the tech world with the unexpected announcement of their submission into the tablet world. The “Surface” is Microsoft’s tablet series. One includes Windows RT and the other Windows 8 Pro. Analysts ran the gamut with price point predictions, but today Microsoft has put an end to speculation with the official announcement regarding pricing details on the tablet PC hybrid.
From the company’s press release, the Surface with Windows RT will officially launch on Oct. 26 with three different models. The 32 GB Surface costs $499, another 32GB model that includes a black Touch Cover costs $599 and the 64GB with black Touch Cover costs $699.
Interestingly, Microsoft is offering their lowest-priced tablet with twice as much storage as Apple’s lowest-priced iPad at the same price. In the early days, some analysts were predicting that the low-end Surface would be priced to compete with the Kindle Fire, but it appears that Microsoft wants to try to take a bite out of Apple’s market share.
The Surface with Windows RT is available for preorder in limited quantities starting today at 9:00 a.m. PDT from the Surface website. At this time, there is no official information as to the price for the higher-end Surface with Windows 8 Pro, however it is widely speculated to cost between $800 and $1,000. Considering analyst predictions were just about right for the Surface with Windows RT, it is likely that the Windows 8 Pro model will come in around the predicted price range.