Microsoft Surface to be available for purchase October 26th at midnight

Microsoft Surface to be available for purchase October 26th at midnight
Microsoft appears ready to launch its Windows 8 Microsoft Surface tablet. An invitation sent to the press says, "You’re invited to celebrate Windows 8″ on October 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.," which can be translated to read, "come see our Microsoft Surface tablets". A Microsoft spokesman says that the tablets will be launched midnight, October 26th from Microsoft's web site and at Microsoft stores. Since Microsoft's retail locations don't exactly blanket the globe, your best bet will be to purchase the tablet online.

The Microsoft Surface tablet

The Microsoft Surface tablet

At the event, Microsoft will presumably discuss pricing, a subject that has not been discussed except by CEO Steve Ballmer who previously gave a pretty wide range of $300-$800 as the "sweet spot" for tablet pricing. Back in August, a rumor was floated that had Microsoft selling the Windows RT version of the Microsoft Surface tablet for $199. If true, it would certainly throw a new competitor into the low-priced tablet game that is led by the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD, both priced at $199. But with its 10.6 inch display, the Surface would provide a much larger screen than the 7 inch panels on the other low-priced units.

In case you've had a Rip Van Winkle moment covering the whole summer, Microsoft is issuing two versions of the tablet. The Microsoft Surface (RT) is powered by a ARM related NVIDIA Tegra 3+ and is designed to compete with the Apple iPad and Android powered tablets. The Microsoft Surface (8 Pro) model is designed to be a mobile version  of a Windows 8 PC.

source: IntoMobile

Related phones

Surface Pro
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 1 megapixel
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
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. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

What kind of idiot do they think someone would buy one at midnight? It's not like standing in line like for the iPhone. but it is

7. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

If it's available online, then it very well can be ordered from anywhere in the world. In case you don't know, the world is round and spins so what may be midnight in the U.S. is middle of the day elsewhere!

18. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

PWND! nice said

22. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

nice said!!! its midnight there in US and its 2pm in my place! but maybe what he is trying to say is that what if its not available online (but i doubt that)? will people wait for an unkown device at the middle of the night? maybe they will, if microsoft will make some crazy deal on that time! maybe at midnight of its release, they will sell the ARM base at $99 and the intel at $199... who knows? (and its a joke ofcourse, that will be crazy stupid but then again. WHO KNOWS..but ballmer's not pricing it like that---like he said they are not cheap!)

2. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

I'll be at the Microsoft store :D

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i can go to the Microsoft Store and touch one. ;)

8. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Well said mate :) A very well designed, fully featured pack piece of technology. Well done MS really appreciate your efforts especially in that Keyboard cover. People who are just barking around and don't know anything I believe surface or any other Windows 8 tablet from other manufacturers will just put them on mute. To be very honest I like Windows 8 (70%) on PCs and 101% on tablets for sure.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh yeah, if this thing really is the $200 rumored priced consider it bought by the King. ;D

23. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i still think win8 for mouse users is an ugly experience! not very lovely with that kind of UI!! but on tablet---hell yeah!!! but i love the UI of PlayBook/TouchPad though!

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i doubt i'll get W8 on my trusty dv7t. i'm happy with W7 but if you gave me that HP Tablet/Laptop Hybrid that was just announced with W8 then i wouldn't complain too much. ;D

4. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

That's great and all but seriously, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?! I want one but I need to know the price.

13. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I know it pissing me off so badly. Pricing is just as important of a feature as is the screen, processor, etc. Without knowing, I really can't get that excited.

5. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

i will be waiting for the sun to rise..

6. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

and why would you buy something without a pricetag ? wtf is this ? give people a price for your stupid tablet. not like i care about surface. i just wanna see why its an IPad killer

12. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I dont remember anyone saying its an ipad killer. Ipad competitor, well yes, that it is

10. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

21 days to go from my part of the world. SWEET!!!

11. androidsbiggestfan

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

I haven't been this excited for something from Microsoft in well............ever!! Can't wait!

14. RichieRich379

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

if they planning a midnight sale , then the price must be $299 or lower and if thats the case then i guess they can pencil me in for two !!!

15. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I just hope they price it uniformally across the globe. Waiting for the RT in India!

16. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Bye iPad.. You wont be Missed.. Time for Sir-phase now :P

17. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Android Phone & Windows 8 tablet That sounds good for my stable

19. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Windows Phone 8 + Windows 8 tablet = sounds good for my stable

20. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

can someone who can travel in time give me a ride to 28 October please? I can't wait.

21. Nizar-ma

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

is there a 3G in the RT tablet ?

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