Microsoft reveals Surface pricing

Summary:Pricing for Surface, Microsoft's flagship ARM-based Windows RT tablet, starts at $499 — $599 with keyboard.

Microsoft has finally revealed the pricing of its Surface tablets , temporarily opening up its online store to show pre-order pricing for its flagship ARM-based Windows RT tablet. The site was only visible for a few minutes, but showed details of the device pricing and specifications.

Originally unveiled at an event in Los Angeles in June, the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra-powered Surface boasts a vapour deposition coated magnesium case, 2GB of memory and a 1,366x768 wide-screen display. Other features include a USB 2.0 port and a HDMI video output. The first TV-advert for Surface ran on US networks on Monday night.

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Surface gets its first TV advert. Image: Microsoft

Pricing starts at $499 for the 32GB version, $599 with the addition of a black multi-touch Touch Cover keyboard case, and $699 for a 64GB version with a black Touch Cover keyboard. Additional Touch Covers in a range of colours will be $119.99 each, with the more traditional Type Cover keyboard $129.99.

Surface will go on sale on the 26 October in Microsoft Stores and in a range of pop-up stores across the US. Devices will also be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom Pricing in the UK is £399 for the 32GB Surface, with the Touch Cover costing £99.99 and the Type Cover costing £109.99.

Topics: Microsoft, Windows

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