In his recent interview, Steve Ballmer confirmed that the Surface tablets won’t be among those cheaper devices and they will be priced between $300 and $800, depending on specific configuration. It is quite easy to assume that the ARM-based Windows RT tablet with 16GB of onboard storage will be priced at $300, while Intel-based models with the most onboard storage would be priced at about $800. This strategy would crowd out the market and competes directly with Microsoft’s OEM partners, which why they weren’t too happy with this.
Three months have passed since Microsoft introduced its devices and so far, we’ve learned that the tablet will be available in two different variants, based on the processor used. From consumers’ standpoint, it’s necessary to know how much a device will be priced as soon as possible. This allows them to make a comparison between devices assigned at the same category.