Microsoft Surface with Windows RT Priced at $499

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Source: Microsoft Surface with Windows RT | Official Website

Leaked prices of Microsoft Surface started appearing on the net yesterday, suggesting that it will not undercut Apple’s iPad. The speculations pointed out that Microsoft’s 32 GB entry-level tablet will cost $499.

The device’s leaked pricing also confirms previous rumors that the initial hardware will be Wi-Fi only. It’s the same with Apple, which offered its tablet with cellular data connectivity at $130 premium over the Wi-Fi models.

Microsoft Surface vs. Apple’s new iPad

The Microsoft Surface, which is priced at $499, will match Apple’s starting price of its new iPad that features Retina Display. Surface has twice the capacity of the Cupertino-based company’s 16 GB model, although its 10.6-inch screen has lower resolution of 1280 x 760 pixels.

As reported by TechCrunch, the basic model will not come with a touch cover. A keyboard cover accessory, on the other hand, will be available for $599. In addition, the 64 GB Surface tablet with touch cover will carry a price tag of $699.

The company is hoping that it will be able to produce 3 million to 5 million in fourth quarter of this year, just in time for the holiday shopping season. In case it will come to fruition, it would make the device comparable with the orders that Amazon and Google were able to place for their Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 respectively.

However, there were reports that Apple ordered 10 million units for its so-called iPad Mini. The 7-inch tablet is expected to expand the product lineup, joining the existing 9.7-inch models.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Aside from the technical specifications already mentioned, the Microsoft Surface will also feature a unique operating system called Windows RT. The OS is designed for devices that are powered by ARM processors.

While Windows 8 will be available at retail for the traditional X86/64 processors, the Windows RT will come pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM cores. It will sport a touch-optimized version of Microsoft Office, although it will not run traditional third-party apps designed for Windows 8 PCs.

The Battle of New Tablets: What Lies Ahead

Microsoft Surface, along with the Windows 8 operating system, will go on sale next Friday, October 26.

The device is expected to hit the high end of the tablet market, while Apple is expected to venture at the lower end with its iPad Mini. At the moment, the iPad maker’s entry-level tablet is the 16 GB iPad 2, which is marked at $399.

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