Microsoft Surface RT prices appear: $499 with no Touch Cover, $599 with it
The 10.6-inch Surface comes with a paltry “HD” resolution that is likely to be 1366 x 768 pixels. And that just doesn’t compare well with the third-gen iPad and its whopping 2048 x 1536-pixel screen and thousands of apps.
Here is how the prices for Windows RT Microsoft Surface tablets break down:
- 32GB Microsoft Surface RT without Touch Cover - $499
- 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $599
- 64GB Microsoft Surface RT without Touch Cover - $599
- 64GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $699
So it goes in a direct battle with the iPad. The advantages? It’s got that vapor-deposited (PVD) magnesium case in a 9.3mm thin body weighing only 1.5lbs, and featuring a built-in kickstand.
So there you have it - if you still had hopes that the Surface would be the cheap option, you can finally put those to rest. Is that really competitive? And will it stand a chance against the iPad? Microsoft is bullish and is said to have ordered 3 to 5 million for the Holiday quarter. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
source: Microsoft Store via TheVerge
1. Althorius (Posts: 23; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
You posted all prices without touch cover. The 599 32 and 699 64 should say with touch cover.
2. Jabarkas (Posts: 18; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
No chance. Microsoft really made a bad decission. For 699 you should get the W8 pro version with the surface type cover at least.
The RT version without a keybord should start around 350.
11. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Agree 100%.... The market has already shown that no one wants to pay $499 for anything other than an iPad reguardless of its features.
40. bubbadoes (Posts: 352; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Unfortunately, I have to agree. Yes they are. I will constantly say this to the end. If you are going to compete with the Ipad, you better be better and cheaper...The Microsoft tables could in a way be better, but look at the price. This thing will never sell. They will learn the hard way just like HP, HTC & so many others. Samsung will be next if they keep producing $499 tablets which are basically the same as the first and although Apple does this--they actually can because they have a base. I was standing beside a woman in Best Buy this weekend, and she didn't even know the difference between, 16, 32 and 64 gibabyes nor LTE version vs wi fi only and why the price difference. All she knew is that it was Apple and she wanted it. This is why it will be hard for manufacturer's to succeed in this tablet arena with these riduculous prices off the start!!!
39. bluexperia (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
windows is slowly turn into money eating 'fruit'....
62. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
For $499 price...Surface should have 1080p resolution...and touch keyboard included...perfect buy!!!
3. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
iPad is still the king. Why are these these other tablets not coming with 1080p displays? The only worthy competitor to ipad is the transformer infinity 700 tablet. The surface is nothing.
5. wendygarett (unregistered)
Don't mad, i think the price is reasonable as being a laptops...
more and more user will accept win8 instead of ios and mountain lion...
Feel free to get an ipad while tons of people outside are anxious to get this :)
14. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Do you even use an iPad? It the best device for work and play. It's fast, fluid and has an awesome gpu and awesome games. Games which haven't even arrived to android yet. It takes stunning pictures and has beautiful display. My laptop crashed 3 months back and I have been using my new ipad ever since. I never wanna go back to any LAGGY windows s**t again that's why I just bought the MacBook Pro with retina display.
17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Hate playing games .. so yea a device if it's good for playing games also isn;t something that attracts me much. So ability to play games is out of equation.
20. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Laggy windows? You must not be using it properly then haha =P
21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It's standard SJ rant against everything non Apple :)
22. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Dude don't blame windows. In most cases it's user's fault behind those crashes. Windows if maintained properly, runs just as fine as any other so called 'robust, fluid' OS. So all this debate scores some points for Apple, to keep things simple. They block users from accessing the insides of OS, and that's why the stability. But you are blocked from doing all that advanced stuff. While on the other hand windows is always the first choice of advanced users. I've used mas and ios, besides the stability and polished feel it's just a locked access affair.
26. drazyw (unregistered)
Good for you. Now go back to your Apple sites and enjoy life in ignorant bliss. No one wants to hear about your Apple products. Some people here love Windows and have no problem with it. I'm sorry you do, but please go crap on someone elses parade. If you love Apple so much, you should be totally content to live with it and feel confident enough to not have to bash other products to make you feel better about your decision.
35. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
It takes stunning pictures? You must be one of those ridiculous people who feel that the iPad is perfectly acceptable substitute for a point and click camera. Guess what, your wrong, you look really stupid holding up an iPad to snap that photo.
37. wp8forever (unregistered)
Windows 8 laggy lol you are a complete idiot lol by the way that's why 90% of pc are running windows cuz we all hate it lol.
50. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
ok answer this can i run Crysis2 Counter Strike Mass effect3 NFS series Borderlands2 WoW if u missed what i written there these are some of the top games on desktop and real games not ripoffs for moblie platform unlike what u are talking about on iPads meh who plays underpowering games if one can play the top of the line desktop games on Pro edition and no mater what Gamers systems are most expensive so gamers dont bother the price and last ipad is crap if u talk about games so zip it stick under the tiny games u use to play.
60. TheDarkKnight (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)
Play dead trigger on an ipad 3 and "then you have my permission to die" -the dark knight
65. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
looks like u never played PC games in ur life tahts why u even replied the PC games are at the moment top ing the console in everyway in graphics randering physics how can ur tinny iPad compete on gaming with desktop games get real noob
56. tggoulart (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
Love you man ur absolutely right I have an iPad 3 too and it's awesome and I have the s**tty windows 7 laptop and its crashing too, I'm going to buy a MacBook Pro Retina for sure
64. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
May be you have s**tty hardware in laptop to make any OS crash...just pay same money as macbook pro for any win laptop and then compare...i bought win7 laptop 2 years ago (~$900)...its i7, 8gb ram (upgraded later on), nvidia graphics card...and it kicks @$$ of mac ;)
48. drazyw (unregistered)
It is a 1080p display. Try again.
52. drazyw (unregistered)
Ooops, that was for the Pro version. Though I've seen some reviewers that did some double blind tests with the screen vs the ipad and the RT was said to have a clearer sharper display. I'll have to see first hand of course.
63. jove39 (Posts: 1320; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Surface will offer way more functionality than iPad...remember its running windows...lol
4. checkmymike (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)
For a new device being introduced with 0 market share and small number of apps, and pricing it as the ipad's, epic fail!
36. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Microsoft lost out on a big opportunity. One of the most successful tablets was the Kindle Fire, I saw tons of people with them only months after it's release..... what made them so popular? The price point. With Microsoft needing more market share in the mobile area this would have been a very attractive product if it were priced at $300 or less.
51. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
well its RT maybe u wont get traction fast but Pro will overthrow Ipads even on higer price tag cuz it is about productivity+device Handling :P
pro is as productive as a Desktop Pc or laptop + it can be used as a loptop can u use the iPad(toy) for this all stuff u do on PC
6. amirlukmanhisyam (Posts: 42; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)
$100 cheaper then I go for 32GB Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover - $499
46. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
LOL the pro will cost you 2000 dollars homie.
8. tigermcm (Posts: 745; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
im truely truely saddened by these prices. Samsung and Asus seem to be starting off at $699 so let them make the money for you and sell the surface at a loss or breakeven
9. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
What ? With so little apps and uncompetitive pricing its gonna flop
16. -box- (Posts: 3866; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Uncompetitive pricing? It's a detuned computer system, not a puffed up mobile phone/media player system, and by that measure quite reasonable.
58. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
I know it's a detuned PC but it gives almost the same functionality as a puffed up iPod Touch . Desktop program's don't work and there's so little apps on the marketplace doesnt even have adobe flash for that price i don't think anyone would want this RT version people will probably continue buying iPads or Pro version .
It has very good hardware and design though
27. drazyw (unregistered)
Oh NO! I don't have 1 million apps to chose from!?!?! FAIL!!!! O!M!G! Thank god! Now I don't have to weed out the 999,900 apps that are completely worthless.
57. thelegend6657 (unregistered)
It's not just about me . If I am taking a tab I wil probably take the surface pro . This RT version is just useless . Desktop program's don't work and there isn't a lot of apps it doesn't even have adobe flash I don't think it's gonna be a hit
10. -box- (Posts: 3866; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
While I will be disappointed if these prices are accurate, it isn't unexpected. Microsoft will sell every one of them, too, regardless of price, as long as they get the word out and build up pre-holiday hype. I'm hoping the listed prices are for the Pro version, personally. That said, excepting resolution, better than an ipad in every meaningful metric to me
12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It's M$ the usual thugggg
Acer et al should start experimenting with Ubuntu on TAB.
23. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
Wow that's really a nice idea! Why don't anyone make a linux tab!?
43. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Where do you think M$ got the idea of removing the START Button :)
Yes if M$ starts biting the HW partners in devcies (pc/tab/phone) segment this could happen. Acer CEO wasn't very happy about M$ foraying into HW/devices market and was very vocal about it. Dell ships Linux Laptops which run great. Maybe this could be a begining of a change long due ... anyone who has used WINXP with findhttp://linuxmint.com/ so easy to get accustomed to :)
44. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
And it is happening ....
18. StreetNerd (Posts: 720; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
lol atleast its cheaper thn the ipad...
pfff u guys in america are lucky.... 500 dollar for this is NOTHING
500 USD = 385 EUR
we have to pay 500 euro for this... ---> 650 dollars -_-"
29. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
And then come the south asian countries... late releases + mind boggling prices. When certain products are on the verge of dying in the developed world, "Introducing the ALL NEW" ads start popping up here.
19. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
don't understand why everyone is so mean to Microsoft.
if iPad charges $1000 its all fine, but you would like surface for free.
on top of that why you going on and on about stupid apps? if I understand will I can run any software on thus from PC right? so why would I need any stupid apps? why to download stupid game for .99 when you probably going to be able to play world of warcraft on this!
stick to your iPad, but I am going for this.
25. marcdunn82 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
Peter this is the rt version. So no backwards compatibility with windows programs. The pro version is the one you are thinking about. So apps are important. They should have undercut apple. If this was under 400 I was so getting one. Now I'm not, but that foesnt mean I'm getting an iPad. Prolly a nexus 7.
34. Peter27 (Posts: 233; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
thanks for making it clear to me. is the pro version going to have same hardware (tablets), or are they all going to be laptop like products? how am I going to know which one is rt and which one pro? is it not going to be confusing?
38. marcdunn82 (Posts: 10; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)
Nah, its going to clearly say pro and cost more. I do believe its going to have the same exact form factor with a higher resolution screen, Intel chip, and SSD.
67. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
well apps gonna come now like hell because last time wp7 was alone with lack of developer platform for cool features but w8 +wp8 will support crossplatform +porting from IOS and Android is why eaiser on this one wht else a developer wants it cant get any better for them
30. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
marc is right. WP/RT for MS is just like what iOS is for Apple, and same goes for Windows vs Mac OS
24. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
ipad win over Microsoft at $499 but if I have a 3rd option to choose then I will definitely go with galaxy note 10.1.
28. drazyw (unregistered)
Not for someone who doesn't like the iPad. I don't, and I'm a little burned out on Android. So, this is perfect and I find the price resonable. Especially if it's good quality materials. Gonna have to play with one of course but thank god their are more options available now. Choice is king!
31. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
I'm going to at&t and get whatever brand has LTE on my share plan.
32. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)
It's actually $100 less the the (new) iPad.
32 Gb Windows Surface RT priced at $499 while
32 Gb new Ipad priced $599
For $599, you'll get 32 Gb Surface RT With Touch Cover Keyboard
I'm not sure why Microsoft went with 32 Gb for their lowest offering.
If there a 16 Gb variant priced at $399, I'm sure it'll sell really well.
33. chuckster123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
If you look on the microsoft website and at the Surface, all it says is coming soon. So I bet that the prices are incorrect or they're just guessing, whatever website it was "officially" on...
41. bubbadoes (Posts: 352; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I will constantly say this to the end. If you are going to compete with the Ipad, you better be better and cheaper...The Microsoft tables could in a way be better, but look at the price. This thing will never sell. They will learn the hard way just like HP, HTC & so many others. Samsung will be next if they keep producing $499 tablets which are basically the same as the first and although Apple does this--they actually can because they have a base. I was standing beside a woman in Best Buy this weekend, and she didn't even know the difference between, 16, 32 and 64 gibabyes nor LTE version vs wi fi only and why the price difference. All she knew is that it was Apple and she wanted it. This is why it will be hard for manufacturer's to succeed in this tablet arena with these riduculous prices off the start!!! One thing like this though unlike other manufacturer's, Microsoft has money to experiment with projects like this.