After the release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has finally been able to generate a lot of buzz in the technoshpere, specifically in the Tablet department by announcing “The Surface” tablet running Windows 8, to be released as the ultimate iPad killer this year. However, the launch event didn’t mention any ETA or the price of product. Whereas we have nothing regarding the ETA, the latter portion has finally received some light to give closure to the people.
A new report from TheNextWeb has emerged which cites a “source close to Microsoft” who claims that the Windows RT-based model of Microsoft’s 10.6” tablet will start at $599 while the Windows 8 Pro-based model will be available at a whopping $999.
Just for clarification, The RT version will be available in 32GB and 64Gb versions and the pro version will be available in higher capacities. Also there will be USB 2.0 ports available in the RT version and there might be USB 3.0 ports available in the PRO version.
Considering the price range of $600 which lies in iPad domain, it’s not too bad considering the fact that Surface will provide much more than what iPad has to offer (which is very limited). Just the inclusion of USB 2.0 ports in the Surface opens door to endless possibilities which can’t be achieved by the iPad.
However, the reported $999 price tag might be too much for a tablet as that price-range falls in the Macbook Air category which has a little bit much more to offer. Anyways, nothing is official at the moment so judgement can’t be fair right now but Microsoft would need to have an impressive price-tag so that first time Windows users don’t get too hesitated to try out the shining new product.