The Microsoft Surface RT
and Microsoft Surface Pro
tablets have both launched in Taiwan. Both tablets offer a 10.6 inch screen. The Surface RT uses an OS that is similar to that of a traditional tablet like the Apple iPad and is powered by an ARM based processor. The Surface Pro gives users the full desktop PC experience allowing you to use the applications that are on your desktop PC at the office. The Microsoft Surface tablets were held back from being launched in Taiwan until now in order to protect Microsoft's OEM partners in the country. Microsoft Taiwan general manager Davis Tsai noted that the Surface RT was released in Japan in February and after 6 weeks it had a larger market share
than the Apple iPad.
According to Microsoft Taiwan, the 32GB and 64GB models of the Microsoft Surface RT are priced at NT$10,888 (US$363) and NT$13,888 ($464 USD) respectively. The 64GB and 128GB variants of the Microsoft Surface Pro will cost you NT$24,888 ($831 USD) and NT$27,888 ($931 USD) respectively. The optional Touch Cover is priced at NT$3000 ($100.20 USD) while the optional Type Cover will cost you NT$3990 ($133 USD). The former is a protective cover with a touch-sensitive QWERTY keyboard. The latter is also a protective cover but offers a QWERTY with raised keys that is closer to the keyboard you might find on a desktop PC.