Two very important details were left out of Microsoft’s big Surface announcement yesterday: the pricing and the exact release dates for the tablets. And while the latter can be guessed somewhat using the info that the Redmond giant put out, there was absolutely no word on the former.
Sure, the Surface tablets may be interesting and all, but if they’re going to be too expensive (read: more so than the iPad), then they’ll be little more than reference designs which you can buy.
So today DigiTimes has contacted some of its famous sources (which have been wrong in the past, by the way – do keep that in mind) and got some information for us. Apparently the RT (ARM) Surface will not be cheaper than $599, and the Intel-powered version could start at $799. Those sources also made some common sense remarks, saying that the high prices are expected to be the Surface tablets’ biggest obstacle in the market.
Leaving the Intel Surface aside (since it’s clearly not going to be providing the bulk of the sales for Microsoft’s new tablet line), the RT version is exactly $100 too expensive. So here’s hoping that this pricing isn’t final, and Microsoft will change its mind and at least match the cheapest new iPad in price at $499 (it could go lower and thus ensure it will have amazing sales, but that’s so un-Microsofty that it’s probably never going to happen).