Microsoft Surface RT pre-sales red hot; shipping dates pushed back

Microsoft Surface RT pre-sales red hot; shipping dates pushed back
Since the Microsoft Surface RT was opened for pre-orders on October 16th, orders have been pouring in for all of the different variants available from Microsoft's online store. The different versions available include the 32GB model for $499, the 32GB model with a black Touch Cover which is priced at $599, and the 64GB model with a black Touch Cover for $699. All three started with delivery set for October 26th and now the 32GB with no cover will ship within 3 weeks. The 32GB and 64GB models with the Touch Cover are now shipping in 1-2 weeks.

While both the 32GB and 64GB models are available with a black Touch Cover, you can order a white cover for $119.99. The Type Cover is $129.99. If you're not sure of the difference between the two, the Touch Cover is a thin, spill-resistant cover that protects your tablet while also allowing you to type on a touch sensitive QWERTY keyboard. The Type Cover is a more traditional QWERTY keyboard with raised keys.

The Microsoft Surface RT tablet uses an ARM based processor and offers a mobile experience similar to the Apple iPad and Android tablets. Microsoft Surface (8 Pro) tablets are essentially mobile versions of your PC with Intel inside.

source: Microsoft via WPCentral

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Surface RT
  • Display 10.6" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB



1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012


9. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

the tablet game has begun to change...the big dog MS is in the house!

34. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

The original Tablet Computers were Windows XP laptops with touch screens. They effectively bombed because they were heavy, overpriced, and the only main benefit was using a stylus to write stuff down and it would then convert it to text. Then came iPad. Carrying the "Tablet" name, it redefined (popularly) what a Tablet is, but also greatly reduced what customers came to expect out of a Tablet Computer. Today's version of Tablet Computers aren't as fully functional as a Windows laptop (or even Netbook) is in terms of programs, hardware options, hardware upgrades, and peripheral compatibility. Then came Microsoft Surface (W8 Pro). A true-to-the-name Tablet PC, which is packing an Intel Core i5, running X86 architecture. This means we can download and install (or simply install via flash media or external DVD drive) desktop Windows programs. Not "Apps", but the full program designed for Windows. Games, productivity programs, PhotoShop, and such. Windows, as we know it. Sure, not everyone is fond of the Tiles, but keep in mind, the Pro version is running full Windows 8, and in this version, Metro is merely the Start screen, and you can exit that Metro screen and go right to your traditional desktop. Seeing a traditional Windows desktop, on today's Tablet, is what people have been waiting for, and people will be buying them.

12. wp8forever unregistered

We all love windows 8, lumia 920 plus surface is just the perfect duo, and troll I know u gonna comment on this but all u can do is hate cuz u know that windows phone 8 will be a success once every ppl see is tiles they will get used to it lol.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

WP8FOREVER a red from me! WTH, those big ugly hideous horriable tiles, my my! WP8 has received negative reviews from critics and bloggers, which has triggered negative perception. 4000 Apps vs iOs and OS 600.000. The big ugly tiles W8 start screen is confusing and also on the L920 every-thing is all over the place, "jumbeld". No Root, no Roms, no overclocking, no Devs will support this like the junk iPad.... MS having a unified OS is also irreeverent know!

30. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

whinner wp dont need dochbags like you to cry about ur opinion like MS took ur home away


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Keep you°r hair on, ooooo the truth, we no it hurts, must have i hit the nerve. Hahaha, stay on topic, speak wisely and with logical facts.®©

41. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i find u really childish on ur own pathetic logics u think everything u say is fact i say u are dumb and a fool showing off others just that. i dont want to stay on topic with a guy like u since its of no use arguing with u and i am gussing u are the worst comenter on PA who got nothing better to do.if u hate windows get lost dont come here no one agrees on ur attemps if he or she is gonna buy MS stuff u cant change others mind by crying like u do all over the web u dont own every one INDIAN tard

43. harley22x

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That is very hypocritical of you. If you would like to talk Logical Facts, send a link to an article written within the past year where the Marketplace had only 4000 apps. Also, what about it us confusing to you? Are the colors throwing your fragile mind on a fritz? I would also like to see all the negative reviews about the Tiles UI.

35. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

technically you comments doesnt even make sense its like u keep hitting the keys randomly

29. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I think Win8 is a better tablet OS than android tab os

2. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

I knew it :) Best of luck MS way to go :)

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

If I were to spend $500 on a tablet this would be it. It's the only tablet that runs a fully operational desktop OS. I mean seriously this is what you would plug your iPad into to manage it. For me there is absolutely no reason to buy an iPad over this. Why get a toy when you could get a fully functioning PC for the same price?

4. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

but its an Windows RT its like an ipad with office. the windows pro surface would be out in 3 months and be like 800 bucks and up

5. harsh_doshi

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

3months! lol! who told you tht!? ittl be released on oct26 itself! and it would cost 700up! and tho rt is not fully functional as can do most of the important things!

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

have you seen it on pre orders? the window surface pro coz thats what im talking about

11. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Ipad has got it's brilliant iWork apps which are superior to office rt

25. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

The Surface Pro is due in 3 months. OEMs will be releasing Win8 tablets at Win8 launch.

7. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

@mas11 maybe you are just misinformed, or just plain ignorant. The RT is a lite version and is similar with ipad and android tablet. The one that could function similar to a PC is the Pro version which will cost 800 up.

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011


26. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

The Acer Iconia 510 running the full Win8 is $499. I think there will be a lot of Atom powered Win8 tablets in the $500-700 range. You are right for i5 and i7 tablets- they will be over $800- but they are more comparible to a Mac Air.

15. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hold your horses..Windows RT is not a full featured windows.. it cant run windows 7 apps as far as I know..neither it can run the desktop mode win 8. So I would most def pick up an Asus infinity with FULL HD screen over this..


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

True Darac, i°m seeing " DISINTERGRATION "®©

32. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Oh not to mention twice the storage and MS office 2013 built in.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Please understand that all Microsoft "RT" Tablet computers including the Microsoft Surface "RT" that just went on sale absolutely do not Run any full Desktop or Laptop windows programs. Folks. The New Microsoft Surface "RT" will run only the store tile style Apps Microsoft made a special version of office for their New "Surface RT" Tablet computer but it will not run Windows 2000, XP. Vista or Any windows 7 software because they were written to run on Intel or x86AMD CPU controlled computers. Windows RT computers use ARMS CPU.s which use different coded software. Microsoft and it's developer partners are now making Apps for the Windows RT tablet patient plenty of them are coming

10. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

500 is a kind of ok for a tabket BUT 129 for a keyboard ???? fu m$ greedy dog

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Find this better than iPAD.

14. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012


23. Hemlocke unregistered

Yes, because who would want a better display, better hardware all around, more apps, more accessories, and more features? The iPad has all of those advantages, thus it is clearly the inferior product. Oh, let's not forget that the 16GB iPad has less than 8GB of space difference from the 32GB Surface.

33. TheDarkKnight

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I assume you are saying that the new ipad is better and so I agree with you.

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