Microsoft Surface With Windows RT Priceing To Start At $300, Says Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer, the Microsoft CEO, has unveiled the estimated price for the new Microsoft Surface tablets, expected to hit the market in late October, synchronized with the debut of Windows 8.
Ballmer said that the new Microsoft tablets will be priced between $300 and $700-800, just around the price threshold which generates the most sales on the tablet PC market. The Microsoft CEO added, in an interview for Seattle Times, that any other gadget cheaper than Microsoft Surface will significantly loose some of its functionality, aiming at the Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Steve Ballmer claims that the synchronized launch of the new Microsoft products, starting with Windows 8, to Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013 is not just a coincidence, but the Redmond-based company’s attempt to rebuild the PC, tablet and smartphone experience from scratch.
The Microsoft boss thinks that Windows Phone 8 will also be a success, courtesy of its main strengths: the could integration and Microsoft ecosystem next to the user-orientated experience.
The Microsoft Surface tablet running on Windows RT is based on a processor using ARM technology, weighs in 676 grams and is 9.3 mm thin. The Windows RT tablet sports a microSD slot, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae and a 10.6-inch ClearType HD Display. It will be available with 32 and 64 GB of internal storage and it will pack Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover out of the box.