Microsoft Surface Tablet Available for Pre-Order – 32GB Base Model: $499

Microsoft Surface Tablet Available for Pre-Order – 32GB Base Model: $499

Microsoft has listed the pricing for the Surface RT on its online Microsoft Store this morning, and the device is available for pre-order now, with delivery on October 26th.

The 10.6 inch tablet, powered by Windows RT, will be released October 26th, and will be available starting at $499 for the 32GB model without a Touch Cover, and $599 for a 32GB model including a Touch Cover. There will also be a 64GB model with a Touch Cover available for $699.

Pricing for the Touch Cover and Type Cover have also been listed, with the “Touch” being priced at $119.99, and the “Type” coming in at $129.99. While the Touch Cover is available in 5 colors, (white, red, black, cyan, and magenta), the Type Cover is available in any color you want, as long as it’s black.

The advertising campaign for the Surface has already begun, and the software, (and now device), maker will hold a Surface event for the press on October 25th. The Verge reports that the company’s holiday pop-up stores are expected to open at midnight on October 26th to begin selling the devices.

Now we sit back and see what happens with this latest entry into the tablet market.Does Microsoft have a winner? Or is it too little too late?Will it be able to sell the 3 to 5 million tablets it’s reported to be ordering?

With Apple’s announcement of an event on October 23rd, for what is sure to be the introduction of the iPad Mini, take all the wind out of Microsoft’s sails?

Shouldn’t Microsoft have included the Touch Cover, (an admittedly landmark feature), with it’s base model, instead of expecting consumers to cough up a extra $100 as a package, or $119.99 if you add it on later?

Will the “Windows Experience” carry over from the desktop to the tablet? Do people really want their desktop and tablet experiences to be the same?

What do you think readers? Will you be taking a look at the Surface? Will it give the iPad a run for its money, or is it destined to be another HP Touchpad? Tell us in the comments section below.

  1. mb01915 says:

    Mega crap… God bless monkey boy ceo at microsoft this may finally be his undoing. The genie is out of the bottle. iPads are all over the enterprise because users want them. Companies would have to buy these and force employees to use them. Don’t see that happening.

    1. Cormac says:

      Wooo, wooo, woooooo. The fanboy is strong with this one. If you’re so anti-MS why go to the trouble of commenting with completely unfounded statements. Not cool.

      Personally, I like the look of the Surface, and I love the design of the Windows OS. It’s what I believe Apple should be aspiring to in iOS (which hasn’t seen an innovative update in how many years now?).

      It’s a shame it’s not priced at the $350 to $400 mark though. Kinda hard to justify spending the same money on the Surface, which is unproven, when the proven and popular iPad costs the same.

      There certainly is a gap in the market for a Tablet / Laptop hybrid though. Will be interesting to see how the Surface unfolds (no pun intended).

  2. MRonin says:

    I normally wouldn’t say this, but it will sell to Windows fanboys and anyone who thinks it makes them cooler to buy anything that is NOT an Apple product. Those two segments alone will make up the bulk of their sales. Now will they be able to move the product they have pre ordered? Maybe, but it doesn’t matter. MS will cook the books to make it look like it’s selling like hot cakes just as it always has with every product it sells. It will be up to third party groups to tell us what the real sales numbers are.

    How well it will go over in the long run it’s hard to say. If anyone could have put Apple off the tablet game I would have though it would have been RIM due simply to the still large number of blackberry users out in the world. That sales path may be the one which makes this a seller for MS though, so who knows. Because while I don’t see anything really terrifical about this aside from possibly the touch cover, I could be wrong and people could be clamoring to throw 500 bucks at MS for another piece of failed hardware.

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