updated 11:25 am EDT, Tue October 16, 2012
Surface RT pricing leaks on page, quickly taken down
A page on Microsoft's web site appears to have quickly leaked the pricing for Microsoft's forthcoming Surface RT tablet ahead of its official unveiling later this month. The Surface RT, which will not run the full version of Windows 8, will likely start at $499 and will range in price up to $699. The leaked pricing figures, while comparable with the tablet market-leading iPad, are well above the expectations Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer set recently for Surface pricing. The pricing page has been taken down, though, so the price points are not necessarily final.
The page was discovered this morning by TechCrunch, which captured a screenshot of the Surface RT product page before it was taken down. That page shows a 32GB Surface RT without the capacitive Touch Cover keyboard attachment priced at $499. A 32GB model with a Touch Cover is priced at $599, while a 64GB model with Touch Cover costs $699.
The page also gives the option to swap the Touch Cover for a Type Cover, which features hardware keys, for $10 more.
Notably, the Surface models with Touch Covers are listed as "Out of stock," even though the device has not yet been released. Since the company unveiled the Surface tablets back in June, there have been no hands-on reports on how well the devices' signature keyboard covers work. That these may not be available when the device launches could signal that Microsoft is having some issues with the keyboards, either in producing them or in making them functional.
A brief overview paragraph indicates that Microsoft will be shipping the Surface RT with a copy of Microsoft Office 2013 RT2 preloaded, along with "Xbox apps and other essentials."
Of the two Surface models, Surface RT is meant to be the more consumer-oriented, and it is expected to be the lower-priced of the two. Surface Pro, which is not detailed in the leaked page, runs the full version of Windows 8, is expected to be priced more like an Ultrabook. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently hinted that Surface devices would be priced "probably $300 to about $700 or $800."