When Microsoft announced the new Surface tablets, it did so without announcing the price or a release date. Rumors of the release date, availability and pricing have occurred frequently and without much credibility. To add to those rumors, a Swedish website this week posted prices for the Surface.
Surprisingly, the prices for the ARM-based Windows RT version posted are significantly higher than other estimates. The 32GB model is listed for $1,000 (£648.00 or 6990 kr). Estimates on Surface prices were thought to be on a par with other comparable tablets, such as the Apple iPad and various Android-powered tablets. If these prices hold up, you could get two new iPads (16GB=$499) or five Nexus 7s (8GB=$199) for the same price.
Obviously, these prices are startling since most estimates placed the Pro variant at the $1,000 price point. We’ve seen cases where the USD to GBP conversation falls in at a 1:1 ratio (i.e., $399 = £399), and we’re hoping this turns out to be the case.
We were impressed with our first look at the Windows Surface tablets and cant wait to get our hands on them when they start shipping. Until then, we hope for Microsoft’s success (and our wallets’) sake that $1,000 is not price point for the Windows RT Surface.