We saw the teaser earlier today, and well, it looks like Microsoft has officially begun accepting pre-orders for the Surface. Or more specifically, for the Surface with Windows RT tablet. The pricing was as we noted earlier; $499 for 32GB version, $599 for a 32GB version a black Touch Cover and $699 for a 64GB version with a black Touch Cover. Seems like those who were planning to go for the tablet and a Touch Cover may have the best option at $599. Of course, looking at that, it may be easy to justify spending the extra $100 and getting double the storage. Anyway, the tablet is available for pre-order as of this time and noted by Microsoft as being in a “limited-quantity.” In addition to the tablet, Microsoft has the Touch Cover (available in five colors) for $119.99 and the Type Cover (available in black) for $129.99. Those willing to make a commitment as of today, follow the Microsoft Store link below and prepare to part with your money. The tablet will begin shipping on October 26th. And lastly, in terms of where they will be available, the country list include the US and Canada as well as Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.
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Microsoft Announces New Surface Details
Ahead of Oct. 26 launch, Microsoft outlines pricing, market availability and special limited quantity pre-order.
REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 16, 2012 – Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows. In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order for Surface with Windows RT available 9 a.m. PDT. Those who want to learn more or pre-order can visit http://www.Surface.com.
Surface delivers the power of amazing software and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience. Originally unveiled in June, Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at US$499, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$699.
A variety of accessories will also be available, including Touch Covers in five vibrant colors – black, white, magenta, cyan and red – priced at US$119.99 so customers can express their personal style. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for US$129.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
Surface will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 26, 2012, at all Microsoft Store locations in the United States and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores. In addition, Surface will be available for sale online in eight markets across the world: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. See Surface.com for more details.
Additional Product Information – Surface With Windows RT
• Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)
• 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons
• 32 GB; 64 GB
• NVIDIA T30, 2 GB of RAM
• Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
• Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing
• Two microphones, stereo speakers
• Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port
• Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
• 24W power supply
• One-year limited hardware warranty
• Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview2 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games
Those interested in learning more or pre-ordering can visit http://www.Surface.com or follow Surface on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Surface and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/surface.