Microsoft Surface tablet pricing revealed

Microsoft wants to dethrone the Apple iPad, ordering up three to five million Surface slates for Q4

Microsoft has inadvertently let slip the pricing for its Surface tablet, slapping the details up on the Microsoft Store for all to see, only to hastily remove them.

If you can do without the Touch Cover – the bit that keeps the screen clean when in transit and also provides you with a physical keyboard – a 32GB Surface RT will set you back US$500 (the same as a 16GB Apple iPad). If you want 32GB and the Touch Cover – which we imagine you would – the price goes up to US$600, and for double the storage again to 64GB, your bank account will be dented to the tune of US$700.

The Surface RT device weighs just 1.5lbs and is suitably thin at 9.3mm, while the Touch Cover is even skinnier at 3mm. Great if you value portability but the keys aren't mechanical so may take a little getting used to. For those of you who like a bit of travel when typing, the thicker Type Cover has been priced up at $129.99.

Microsoft is taking its new Surface tablet very seriously – so much so, in fact, that the Redmond giant has allegedly placed orders for between three and five million of them.

That's according to the Wall Street Journal's sources at component suppliers in Asia. If true, it puts the Surface RT and Surface Pro on a par with the initial orders placed for the Amazon Kindle and Google Nexus 7.

"People familiar with the situation" also claim that manufacturing began earlier in October, backing up the likelihood of Microsoft revealing Surface to the world at its October 25th New York event to launch Windows 8.

[Wall Street Journal via The Verge]

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