After much mystery, Microsoft has announced the cost of their upcoming Surface tablet in the US.
The least expensive version of the Surface will be priced at $499 for 32GB storage and matches the entry-level price of the latest iPad but has twice the memory. However, this basic model doesn’t come with a cover that doubles as a keyboard called the Touch cover – a feature much focused on in Microsoft’s marketing of the device.
Also on offer is a $599 model that comes with a black version of the Touch cover (also 32GB), and a $699 model that has greater data storage capacity of 64GB also with a black Touch Cover. Standalone Touch Covers in black, white, magenta, cyan, and red will retail for $119.99.
Device specs have been published too. The Surface has a 1366×768 10.6-inch screen with five-point multi-touch, it’s 0.37 inches (9.4mm) thick, and it weighs 1.5 pounds (0.68kg). The processor is an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30, which is a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 part coupled with a 520MHz NVIDIA GPU, and it has 2GB RAM, and either 32 or 64 gigabytes of flash storage. Surface also has two 720p cameras (front and rear), two microphones, an ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a compass. Connectivity is provided with 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4, a microSDXC slot, mini-HDMI, and a USB 2.0 port.
The device will run Windows RT and include previews of four Office 2013 apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These previews will be updated to final versions from November onwards.
Sadly, the Surface will only be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States initially and not in our part of the world. And while the cheapest Surface works out to be around AED 1800, you can expect insanely inflated prices for it here in the grey market. But maybe Groupon will offer it on one of their mystery deals. They are sure to have at least 4 guaranteed buyers.