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Microsoft cutting Surface RT prices, base model will soon be $349

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Microsoft cutting Surface RT prices, base model will soon be $349
If you're one of the few people who has really been wanting to pick up a Microsoft Surface RT tablet, but you thought the price was a bit too high, you are in luck. Microsoft will soon be cutting the cost of the Surface RT tablets by $150 each. That means that the 32GB base model will soon be just $349. That would put the 64GB Surface RT at $449; and, as before it will cost you an extra $100 if you want a Touch Cover. 

The price cut has been rumored, because there is an expectation that Microsoft is going to refresh the Surface lineup soon with the new power-efficient Haswell chipsets from Intel. There has also been a rumor that Microsoft is testing a Surface tablet powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800

The price cuts have been confirmed in a Staples flyer, and are going to go into effect this Sunday, July 14th. 

source: Staples via The Verge

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posted on 11 Jul 2013, 18:50

1. imeubeu (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


price must include touch cover...sold one 7mos ago loved it...still worth getting for the price

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:22 2

2. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


For what it does, its still too expensive.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 22:26

8. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


It basically does nothing, so the right price is free

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:30

9. alltechinside (Posts: 236; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Ya, I totally agree. The surface needs to be at least around the Nexus 7 price range. Even at $349, it is still expansive.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 23:41

10. Taters (Posts: 2664; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Yup, I think the resolution is what makes the price too high.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:24

3. FlushGordon (unregistered)


They should've done this from the very start

that's Ballmer and his genius marketing for ya

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:46

4. ilani (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Agreed with #1 and #2 price should include touch cover, because its still too expensive for what it does!

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 19:55 1

5. Shatter (Posts: 1989; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Baytrail will save windows tablets by allowing them to make cheap windows 8 x86 tablets.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 20:32

6. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1150; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


RT was a mistake from the very beginning. Windows 8 is a very good OS for tablets; we just need faster and more affordable x86 chips and tablets not over $400.

posted on 11 Jul 2013, 21:11

7. jove39 (Posts: 1261; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


That price cut won't start fire sale...make it $200...then may be!

posted on 12 Jul 2013, 01:35

11. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I feel like a Newb for asking this but on a dedicated PC CPU scale, how fast is the snapdragon 800 in comparison to those intel chipsets. I know those Haswell and Ivy bridge chipsets out perform any ARM SoC but I'm still curious.

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