We’ve previously talked about the Microsoft Surface and how the tablet is tied up to the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 OS. Regarding the tablet’s hardware Microsoft was willing enough to share some of its specifications but they felt it was not the right time to reveal everything there is to know about it, and details concerning the device’s exact release date and price tag have been left out.
Microsoft Surface Price
When it comes to the Microsoft Surface price tag, the company has been the most secretive and, to be more precise, we actually have no information regarding the matter. Nevertheless, since the tablet seems to aim at competing against Apple’s iPad and high-end Asus tablet such as the Transformer Infinity 700, we assumed that the Surface will have a similar price tag as the two. That being said it all came as a surprise when, not long ago, a Swedish retailer has started taking pre-orders for Microsoft’s tablet at a price that was really unexpected. Check back after the break for more details.
According to this particular Swedish retailer the lower-end Surface model will go on sale for $1000, whereas the higher end versions will go for $1430, $1860 and $2150 for the 64 GB RT, 64/128 GB Pro respectively.
That seems like an outrageous price to be blunt and it doesn’t give the Surface much of a fighting chance against its competition. So are these price tags bogus or not?
Well, if you’ve lost faith in the Surface, when these rumored prices first went out, then fret not because very recently many people began to wonder “what gives?”, and so they got in touch with the retailer who admitted that it doesn’t have any information from Microsoft about the exact price tag of the Surface. All the retailer did was to allow pre-orders for the tablet, at a price higher than expected so that when the tablet actually hits the market the retailer won’t lose money and in fact it will refund customers the difference in price.
Nevertheless, the difference between the expected price-range and what the retailer has asked is a bit too much. $2150 for the 128 GB Pro Surface tablet seems like a deal-breaker to me.
All in all, we hope that Microsoft won’t go overboard when it will come to pricing their tablet, else I fear the worst for the future or Surface.
Microsoft Surface Release Date
As for when exactly will the Microsoft Surface hit the market, all we know is that Windows 8 will be officially unveiled on October 26 and since the Surface runs on Windows 8, it’s clear that the tablet will hit the market after the OS. In fact we suspect it will happen shortly after the Windows 8 will make its debut. Stay tuned as we’ll keep you up to speed.
Thanks Pocket Now for the heads-up regarding the Microsoft Surface price rumors.