Microsoft releases Surface RT prices

Surface LogoMicrosoft today have released the prices for the RT version of their new Surface tablet, the prices start from £399 for the 32GB version without the Touch Keyboard (Black). The Touch keyboard as an optional extra is £99.99 and comes in Black, White and Cyan Blue.

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However you can get 2 other versions of the Surface tablet that come with the Touch Keyboard (Black) for 32GB for £479 and the 64GB version for £559, but you only have the choice of the black keyboard, that also doubles up as the screen cover. If you wish one of the other two initial colours you will have to stump up £99.

I personally think the 32GB version either with black Touch Keyboard or for those who wish to be different the 32GB without keyboard will be the two to take on the iPad. The iPad 32GB is £479 so exact pricing as the equivalent Surface RT 32GB but the Surface RT has the Touch keyboard/cover for this price.

No prices as yet for the Pro version, which is the one I’m waiting for.

Prices for the versions of Surface RT and accessories HERE at the Microsoft Store UK, but if link doesn’t take you to the Microsoft Store in your region then search for Microsoft Store in your area if available.

Microsoft Announce Surface Tablet PCs

I know that Microsoft had a big announcement at an event in Hollywood yesterday but I never saw a Microsoft branded tablet being it! I do however when thinking about this move more have to think a Surface branded tablet is well within a product range Microsoft have already.

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Surface tables have been around for some years now and not so far back Surface 2.0 was released, albeit now with a name change to Pixelsense so this new Tablet falls into the smaller brother or sister of Pixelsense.

“Microsoft unveiled Surface: PCs built to be the ultimate stage for Windows. Company executives showed two Windows tablets and accessories that feature significant advances in industrial design and attention to detail. Surface is designed to seamlessly transition between consumption and creation, without compromise. It delivers the power of amazing software with Windows and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience.”

Having only viewed the screenshots of the product so far, I like the look and design of it, I also having been using Windows 8 for some time think that Windows 8 will fit this product really well.

I think the amount of various colours that the screen cover/keyboard (see 1st picture below) has will appeal to many who just want to be different, the built in kickstand is really good touch also.

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Big question is will it be as all tech writers put it, an “Apple Killer” and the direct comparison here is the iPad, I doubt it in honesty but it will be the best shot out there to steal some market share from Apple’s iPad.

Read more from Microsoft News Centre HERE and the Surface homepage HERE (although the Surface homepage is new so content to follow)