ABI Research: Surface Tablets to have "little impact" this year
powered by Windows 8 and Windows RT for those who want an ARM based processor. Each will find different buyers and will have different price points. The Windows 8 version is expected to cost nearly $900 with the Windows RT model priced at around $600. Obviously, ARM based tablets dominate now, with a 98% marketshare in 2011 and ABI expects more of the same this year. ABI believes that this fragmentation could put some sort of damper on Surface Tablet sales.
If ABI Research is correct, 2012 will not be the year to expect Surface Tablets to challenge the Apple iPad and Android flavored tablets. Whether or not 2013 will show exponential growth remains to be seen.