Are you saving your pennies for Microsoft’s Surface tablet? Sounds as though you might have to save a few more than we’d hoped. Sources close to the company have let slip the pricing for both the Nvidia and Intel-powered models, and they ain’t coming cheap.
You’ve not got to have a degree in accounting, economics or business strategy to realise that – at this stage – beating the iPad is going to take some very competitive pricing. Regardless of your name or reputation.
That’s a fact that seems to have escaped Microsoft. If anonymous sources close to the matter are to be believed, the price for the entry model Microsoft Surface RT tablet will start at an eye-watering $599 in the US, while the Ivy Bridge-powered Surface Pro will set you back $999.
We’ve mentioned that the latter of the two tablets is a crazy idea in the first place, so let’s ignore that and focus on the RT, which Microsoft will be positioning against the iPad. Apple’s tablet costs $499 in the US – a full $100 cheaper than the proposed price.
UK pricing tends not to translate exactly as currencies should, so if the UK iPad starts at £399, we’d expect the Surface RT to be £499 on these shores. Even if that does get your the keyboard cover, that’s madness on Microsoft’s part – it could easily subsidise the cost of the Surface to try and scrape underneath (or at least match) the cost of the iPad.
As it is, the price is likely to scare off anyone but those with a solid allegiance to Microsoft. Has this leak just settled your buying decision for you? Let us know your thoughts below.