Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface to be priced at under $350?

Windows RT version of Microsoft Surface to be priced at under $350?
One of the unanswered questions about the Microsoft Surface tablet is how much it will cost. Last month, sources within the supply chain pegged the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro variant at $500 and up, while the Microsoft Surface Windows RT tablet was tagged at less than $399. A confirmation of sorts for the pricing of the latter tablet has appeared in a contest on the dummies.com web site.

The contest, found at the sourcelink, gives one lucky winner a Microsoft Surface Windows RT tablet and a couple of Dummies books, Windows 8 for Dummies and Surface for Dummies. As with any contest, the value of the grand prize has to be disclosed. According to to the dummies.com website, the value of the books and the tablet adds up to approximately $350. Taking the books into account, we know that the Microsoft Surface Windows RT tablets will be available for less than $350. Now if we can only find a contest for the Windows 8 Pro model, perhaps we will be able to confirm a price for that variant as well.

For those who don't know the difference between the two versions of the Surface tablet, the Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro model uses an Intel processor and is similar to having a mobile PC. The Microsoft Surface Windows RT tablet uses an ARM based processor and works like other mobile tablets like the Apple iPad and those running on Android.

source: Dummies.com via WMPoweruser

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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

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15 Comments

1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Sweet! RT won't be so useful in terms of productivity as its pro counterpart, but for entertainment it should be perfectly fine. Yeah, I'll be buying one for sure!

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

as long as its under $400 take my money!!!

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i hope microsoft will make a crazy deal on the day it will be available like $99 for surface RT and $199 for Surface Pro!! LOL that would kill iPad! but anyway... it is a decent price!!! $350 is ok... the galaxy note tab is same with price with iPad but the sony xperia tab is at $399 only! so microsoft will surely gain popularity and market share if this is the price of the RT version and so is the Pro version.. but asus beat them by announcing vivo tab Rt and Pro with LTE on it! wish they have LTE connectivity.. even though its not necessary but just in case! coz as for me wifi version is ok!

4. MattAdorno

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

$500 bucks for the Pro and $350 for the RT - that's pretty slick pricing if its true.

5. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

I don't know how much the Surface RT will cost, but what I do know is that there is no way Microsoft- who has managed to keep everything associated with the Surface secret they want kept secret- told the "For Dummies" people their Surface pricing strategy.

6. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Sorry but the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a iPhone killer and a tablet killer rolled up into one. Call me when Apple or Microsoft copies Samsung's Note series.

7. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

you are dreaming right?

10. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

I too admire the versatility of the Note 2, but come on. You may be laying off the Apple juice, but smoking way too much of whatever Samsung's putting out there. The Note is certainly a good means to pay for one data plan and have a phone with tablet like utility, however, the only tablet sales likely to be hampered by the Note are there own.

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I seriously think that would be a sweet spot for pricing, IF it´s true. I will still take it with a lot of salt... Steve Ballmer said it won´t be the cheap option, and that price is lower than most of hte Android tablets with similar specs.

9. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

If it comes with the keyboard for that price then thats a pretty good deal that might help Microsoft play some catchup. I still have too much invested in Android for myself, ios for the fam to invest in another mobile os platform such as RT, but the full featured platform the pro version is brings is certainly on my wish list price pending. None of the other manufacturers proposed pro version look anywhere near as good as Micrsofts

11. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Ugh, just when I accepted paying $800 for a tablet PC. Now im unsure again. This is why you need to release prices Microsoft. So people can make plans and people need to make plans on a purchase if it's going to be hundreds of dollars. Microsoft can be genius and completely stupid all at the same time.

12. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

This is the first time I actually find a pricing rumor on these surface tablets to be legit.

13. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

What's the release date on the pro model?

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I look at the pricing of current Android and current Windows 7 tablets to gauge what a Windows surface RT tablet will cost. I think a good low price would be 399 for the low price about 499 my best guess price and 599 to match the price of an Ipad price at "best buy" that has 32gigs and WIFI just like the lowest Microsoft RT surface has in the side by side specs ratings

15. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks the current best buy price on the web for the Ipad with 32gigs and Wifi only which match's the Microsoft Windows Surface "RT" in specs is 599$ therefore My best guess price for the Microsoft Windows Surface "RT" tablet computer is 499$ without the crafty nifty Keyboard cover. and 599 with the keyboard cover. Microsoft knows that to make any headway in the Tablet world it has to sell it's Windows "RT" at least at the same price spec for spec as the Ipad 3 Apple calls it the New Ipad I call it the Ipad 3. Now if Microsoft sells the Windows RT at 499 with the Keyboard cover it will sell pretty well world wide. People will buy because of it's cool design and it has Microsoft Office built in..

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