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Surface RT and Surface Pro Get Permanent Price Cuts – New Model Coming?

by Todd Haselton | August 30, 2013August 30, 2013 10:00 am PST

Microsoft Surface Pro Box

Microsoft recently dropped the prices of its Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets, and now those drops are set in stone, ZDNET said Friday. The new pricing could be in an effort to attract buyers to the failed tablets — Microsoft took a bath on a $900 million loss on the products — or it could suggest something else entirely.

Microsoft’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that his company built too many Surface units to meet demand, but usually a price cut on electronics suggests that a new model is incoming. It typically happens before every major launch and serves as a way for retailers to rid inventory to make space for new products. Microsoft has been long rumored to be at work on second generation tablets, including one that may range in size between 7-inches and 8-inches.

The price drops still aren’t great, though. You’ll get the Surface Pro for $100 off, or about $799, while the Surface RT bundles can be purchased for $50 off the regular price. The bundle includes a Touch Cover — though we prefer Microsoft’s Type Cover.

Our advice? Sit it out and see what Microsoft has coming in the next few months. Its next products could be much better and, when they hit, we’re pretty sure these prices are going to fall even more.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...