About half of that, or $137, to be more specific, goes straight to Samsung as it supplies quite a few of the tablet's components. The Korean company is providing the memory chips, the battery, as well as the display for the Microsoft Surface RT. The device's processor, however – a quad-core Tegra 3 chip, is made by NVIDIA.
But that is not all: the guys also took a Microsoft Touch Cover apart only to find out that it is worth about $16. The accessory, which acts as a protective cover and a hardware keyboard of sorts, is actually priced at $120 online, or can be had for $100 if bought together with a 32GB Surface tablet. And that quite a profit margin for something that a fair amount of consumers are likely to purchase, be it intentionally or impulsively.
The Microsoft Surface tablet with Windows RT started shipping on October 26 and we already gave it a thorough review. Currently, the only models available online are the 32GB with bundled Touch Cover for $599 and the 64GB one for $699, which also comes with a Touch Cover included. The base $499 model is out of stock.
source: IHS via AllThingsD