UK Windows 8 Surface RT pricing... surfaces

UK Windows 8 Surface RT pricing... surfaces

Summary: British buyers will pay around £400 and up for Microsoft's ARM-based Surface tablet, with the Touch Cover keyboard adding a bit more to the cost.


Microsoft has revealed UK prices for the ARM-based version of its Surface tablet, its first major foray into mobile hardware since its flopped Kin phones.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet will cost £400 and up. Image: Josh Lowensohn/CNET News

The Surface RT tablet, scheduled for release on 26 October, will cost £399 for the base-level 32GB model. This rises to £479 with a bundled Touch Cover keyboard. The 64GB version of the same device automatically comes with a bundled cover-and-keyboard and will cost £559.

In British stores, the comparable Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 tablet already on release is £299 for Wi-Fi only, or £399 with mobile data. As for US buyers, the Surface RT will cost $499 for the 32GB version, rising to $699. For comparison, the latest iPad costs exactly the same as the Surface RT; rising from £399 for a 16GB model to £559 for a 64GB model, although this does exclude any extras, such as a keyboard.

The bundled Touch Cover comes in black as standard, with white or blue options. It can be bought separately for £99. Also on offer is a £109 Type Cover, which has fully clickable keys "for a more traditional feel", according to Microsoft.

The Surface RT can pre-ordered now by customers in the UK, as well as in Australia, the US, Canada, China, France, Germany and Hong Kong. However, the official site currently redirects visitors to the US version when clicking through for more information or to pre-order.

Topics: Tablets, Mobility, United Kingdom, Windows

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  • WOW

    Can't wait to slip one in my pocket.
  • for comparison

    The galaxy Tab2 is 16GB and the base ipad is also 16GB. The surface costs £100 more than the galaxy tab 2 but comes with 32Gb and priced the same as the base ipad 16GB.
    • Galaxy Tab2 + 16GB micro SD card

      Hmm ... $10 US for 16 GB micro SD cards, $20 for 32 GB. Seems like a much cheaper way to get an extra 16GB ... MS is charging $100 for that 16GB.
    • for comparison

      the new ipad screen resolution is 2048x1536, the surface 1280x720.

      It' not a good idea to pick a single spec for comparisions. The microSD slot a good move. I'm interested to see how it goes, continuing the post-pc trend.
      Richard Flude
      • Other reports have 1366x768

        ZDNet spec reporting a higher resolution for the surface rt.
        Richard Flude
      • Have you never played "Top Trumps"?

  • Big Price all previous rumors are Wrong

    We had previous rumors that a surface would be available for something between 300 to 500$ but it started with 500 now!
    Ipad is still a better choice with more user friendly apps.

    Especially for me I just want to manage my website with it!