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Pegatron to assemble the Microsoft Surface tablets, the Windows RT one said to cost $599+

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Pegatron to assemble the Microsoft Surface tablets, the Windows RT one said to cost $599+
Microsoft has apparently given the assembly orders for its new Surface tablets to Pegatron, which makes iPads as well, among many other gadgets. Sources from the notebook supply chain have indicated that the cheaper Windows RT slate with NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor might cost north of $599.

The Windows 8 Pro one with Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor that will arrive later on in the year, but in time for the holiday shopping craze, is expected to be north of $799. It is not specified whether these prices will include the Covers with keyboard and trackpad, or they are just for the slates themselves.

Microsoft has made Surface a compelling enough offering, so it can afford to price them a bit higher, but this should be exercised with caution. Considering that $450 these days buys you an Acer Iconia Tab A700 with Full HD screen, it might have to slash the introductory prices, if that's what they end up to be, pretty quickly after the early adopters have gotten their Windows fix. Alternatively, some analysts say Microsoft might be pricing the Surface a bit higher to ease the discontent that could arise from its hardware partners, which might feel a bit betrayed by the announcement.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 04:52 2

1. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


Who cares about how hardware partners feel.. give them a cup of concrete so they can harden up. Also who cares because if they don't make products as well as this tablet (or close to it at least), then they shouldn't be making them in the first place because the iPad will continue to roll over them.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:01 7

2. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


acer a700 is much better than MS surface 8 pro tablet with correct pricing.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:08 5

3. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Acer makes the worst products in the world, how can you even compare Acer to Microsoft?.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:14 2

6. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


not really. just mediocre.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:24

13. medicci37 (Posts: 593; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Yeah, ms makes great products... like the Zune player & Vista. For instance.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:39

14. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


Nothing wrong with the products you mentioned, i'm using Vista and I love it.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:04 2

16. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


name 1 company thats been around that doesnt have a few fail-skeletons in its closet. There was nothing wrong with the zune player, it just got out marketed by apple. Vista.. .well.. vista sucked.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 05:54 4

4. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Guys, how can you even try to compare a Windows tablet with an Android tablet!? Argue till the end of the world, but neither Android, not iOS, come a mile close to Windows/MacOS in terms of supported features and software. For a mere $150 you get a REAL operating system, office suite and everything else in the world.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:15 3

8. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


RT can't support x86...

not a 'real' PC operating system.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:33 2

11. kamen (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Yes, but it's still a matter of compilation for the "real" windows Metro apps.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:16 4

9. mrfalure (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Microsoft is a jerk.
They sabotage nokia,
they will suffer

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:06 2

17. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


kamen

W8 PRO is the real OS. W8 RT is the mobile version.. pretty much the same version for the phones. Its no more a full OS than iOS or Android. Considering its lack of apps for the time being, lack of flash, least effective browser so far... I'll stick with android if I want a mobile OS. MS Office is great, but there are so many viable alternatives that its not so bad without it.

W8 Pro is another story.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:11 2

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1650; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Bada OS is better than them all ;) LOL!! Jk... come on give us a release date on the surface already :-D cant wait !!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:15 2

7. mrfalure (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


fail...
this product won't be able to compete with android and ipad.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:02 1

12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


are u are a Windows hater or you dont have a clue about Windows8 and what is its purpose its not a phone platform noob its a Tablet/laptop platform means IOS and ANDROID cannot compete vs WINDOWS 8 its compititiors are MAC OS and LINUX since it gives full system features u get in laptops unless you get RT version which will be less powerfull. and i bet u have windows installed on your PC and u still bashing it.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 06:17 2

10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


why so expensive for RT?! :( if RT is expensive then I can't even get a full W8 experience...

Asus Taichi or Transformer Book for me.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 07:57 1

15. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)


It won't work. The only chance MS has to break Apple and Android's hold on the market is to under-price them. $600 is not going to do it...remember the Playbook? Apple is working on a $300 Ipad Microsoft, where's yours at this price point?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:09

18. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


a few things

1) MS is setting the bar at "premium". Early adopters will pay it, 3 months later the price will drop.
2) this sets an easy bar for the other manufacturers like Asus to come under price wise. I fully expect a well equipped Asus RT tablet around the 400-500 mark. That makes them look like a "value" comparatively. What does MS care, they are gonna get nearly $80 bux per tablet sold regardless of who sells it.
3) $700 is actually lower than I thought the W8 Pro sets would come in (i figured around 1k).. so if that holds true, then thats a happy surprise. Still to expensive for me, but that means that they should fall into a good range relatively quick.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:42

19. pongkie (Posts: 493; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


If the pro cost like that I may just invest a little more to get the Asus TaiChi

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 08:57

20. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well, maybe at HALF that price! But only if it includes full OFFICE program.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 10:19

21. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


What the hell is with that price.. almost $600 :( sorry M$ reduce the price to half then ill buy

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 10:52

22. jove39 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Price should have been 399+

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 13:55

23. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


If it's going to be at that price. FORGET IT. Sorry M$ but NO thanks even if this price tag is a rumor

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 22:35

24. julio8833 (Posts: 2; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


I'm waiting to buy tablets.. mylifeunix.org

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 23:34

25. amazinghorse (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Dec 2009)


You know what sucks? I have a feeling that Pentagon has secret intel on every product they produce. Why would any company get the U.S. military complex involved in manufacturing...unless the "all volunteer" army is going away.....That way the U.S. of A. can dethrone China as the phone maker king of the entire universal universe.

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