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Analyst: Microsoft to price Surface RT tablet at $400 to $500

Microsoft's new Surface tablet, slated to ship later this month, will be priced between $399 and $499, an analyst said today, in the same ballpark as Apple's iconic iPad.

Sameer Singh, an analyst with Finvista Advisors, an India-based mergers and acquisitions consulting group, pegged the price of the Windows RT-powered Surface based on his preliminary -- and sight-unseen -- estimate of the tablets BOM, or "bill of materials."

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I saw a contest where the estimated retail price of the Surface RT being given away was listed as $350.

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A little high considering the two prices might be at a 16/32 gig model price, but then again, it's Windows and by default it does more and does it better.



Not too bad! Now Surface Pro pricing please.... :)
 

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A little high considering the two prices might be at a 16/32 gig model price, but then again, it's Windows and by default it does more and does it better.



Not too bad! Now Surface Pro pricing please.... :)

Agree, but one would hope it to be less for introductory prices.

"Iconic iPad". Geez......
 

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Same article linked above.

Surface Pro's list price at $799 to $899
 

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Add 200 for a keyboard and now this makes iPad look like the cheaper device.

This thing is gonna flop. Mark my words.
 

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Interesting - if that's true, it doesn't sound like they are gonna fly off the shelves.

No sense in going head on price wise RT vs Ipad.

There will only be one winner.

Pro is a different animal - if they could get that in at Ipad pricing, they have a chance of making a small dent.
 

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For me, it being made by Microsoft, doesn't make it magically better than the competition, but I'm sure some will fall for all the hype. I pity the poor sole who buys an RT at those prices. One can only hope they actually know what they are buying when they opt for a Surface RT instead of a Pro.
 

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For me, it being made by Microsoft, doesn't make it magically better than the competition, but I'm sure some will fall for all the hype. I pity the poor sole who buys an RT at those prices. One can only hope they actually know what they are buying when they opt for a Surface RT instead of a Pro.
But if the RT is $600 and the Pro is $999, or 1099, or 1299.....or whatever it's going to be...they might have far less buyers remorse.
 

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For me, it being made by Microsoft, doesn't make it magically better than the competition, but I'm sure some will fall for all the hype. I pity the poor sole who buys an RT at those prices. One can only hope they actually know what they are buying when they opt for a Surface RT instead of a Pro.

The build quality is magically better. So believe the hype.
 

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For me, it being made by Microsoft, doesn't make it magically better than the competition, but I'm sure some will fall for all the hype. I pity the poor sole who buys an RT at those prices. One can only hope they actually know what they are buying when they opt for a Surface RT instead of a Pro.
But if the RT is $600 and the Pro is $999, or 1099, or 1299.....or whatever it's going to be...they might have far less buyers remorse.

That's one way to look at it. Compare it an Android Tablet that likely does more for less and I think its a different story. It will be interesting to see how many they sell, and how many get returned when the buyer finds out its not what they thought it was. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti Microsoft. There just isn't anything in the Surface that makes me want it over any other tablet in that price range.
 

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Add 200 for a keyboard and now this makes iPad look like the cheaper device.

This thing is gonna flop. Mark my words.

Both the Surface RT and Pro includes a keyboard. Also, how is the iPad looking like a cheaper device when it starts at $499 and goes up to almost $900?
 

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The Surface RT and Pro do have keyboards that come with them. RT has the touch keyboard, Pro has the clickety clacky one.

Some tablets DO have a pricey keyboard addon to them, which honestly, makes the Surface tablets better than. An 800 dollar Atom powered tablet that has an optional keyboard dock priced at 200 dollars? No deal! That there is an ultrabook, a couple hundred dollars more you have a touch enabled one!
 

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I take back part of my earlier declaration, an Acer hybrid will cost 800 dollars, with a keyboard dock. It will be powered by either a third generation i3 or an i5. A lower end version will cost 500 dollars, no keyboard, and powered by an Atom processor.

500 dollars for a large ipod touch for middle aged people versus a tablet PC that can get legitamite work done? I see an end in sight for the ipad...
 

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Sorry, folks, but I'm still not going there. Now if someone is selling a nice tablet (current model) at a nice price I might nibble, but when a tablet costs nearly as much as a laptop PC and has less capability I'll opt for the bigger, heavier, bulkier laptop/notebook/ultrabook/whatever-you-call-it-today.

As for an end to the iPad ... wasn't Zune going to be the end of the iPod? We saw how that one worked out.
 

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Sorry, folks, but I'm still not going there. Now if someone is selling a nice tablet (current model) at a nice price I might nibble, but when a tablet costs nearly as much as a laptop PC and has less capability I'll opt for the bigger, heavier, bulkier laptop/notebook/ultrabook/whatever-you-call-it-today.

As for an end to the iPad ... wasn't Zune going to be the end of the iPod? We saw how that one worked out.
How does the Zune have anything to do with anything?
 

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Add 200 for a keyboard and now this makes iPad look like the cheaper device.

This thing is gonna flop. Mark my words.

Both the Surface RT and Pro includes a keyboard. Also, how is the iPad looking like a cheaper device when it starts at $499 and goes up to almost $900?

C'mon guys

A really great Acer 11.1 inch screen laptop can be had for around 280 GBP -- a much better deal any way whatsoever you want to look at rather than comparing tablets / smartphones etc.

We need to get "Real" here. W8 metro is an abomination for serious desk top type apps as is the "Windows app store".
No problem with this type of stuff on a smartphone -- but a PC.

'Nuf said.

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It's nasty on a pc.

Tablets are what MS are aiming at.

Wih those kind of prices, I don't rate MS chances.

If the ipad mini comes in at $250 or even $299, it will kill win8 rt stone dead.
 

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