Microsoft Surface RT tablet UK prices confirmed

26 Oct 2012

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It has been a busy week for Microsoft. After the Xbox Music announcement, the software giant has announced its pricing plans for its upcoming Surface and Surface RT tablets.

Launching on the 26th of October, the Surface is now available for pre-orders in various territories (including the UK).

The entry-level 32GB model starts at £399, without the Touch Cover. The same model with a default black touch-cover weighs in at £479. The 64GB model with a black touch-cover is priced at £559. 

The Touch Cover, which comes in a variety of colours (black, white or cyan) costs £99. Additionally the type-cover/physical keyboard can be bought separately but will set you back £109. 

So far Microsoft has only detailed pricing plans for its Windows RT version declining to reveal the pricing for its Intel-based Surface device with Windows 8 Pro OS. 

Aiming to challenge the dominance of the iPad in the high-end tablet market. The Surface RT tablet arrives with a 16:9 widescreen, 10.6in screen with a 1366 x 768 screen resolution.

Microsoft Surface

There's Bluetooth 4.0 support, two 720p HD cameras (front and back), 2GB RAM and an accelerometer and gyroscope.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 are shipped as standard and there's a microSD card slot for additional storage, too.

The Surface RT is available to pre-order from the Microsoft store now, while further details on the Surface Windows 8 Pro models are expected in due course.

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does that little stand thing on the back need to be employed to hold it open? Surely it's a laptop, so should be able to remain sturdily open on my lap top....

It would really depend on how much these tablets are able to do, as compared to the competition. I don't think they've priced themselves out of the market. Only time will tell.

I think they are pricing themselves out of the market with these 

Not very competitive 

Abstract corrected. Apologies.

There's a mistake in the news page. The description reads as:

The 10.6 tablet will start at £399 for a 16GB model, with more storage sizes and a range of accessories such as the Touch Cover available.

 

It's actually 32GB.

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