A few months ago, Microsoft unveiled a tablet device called the Surface that was, at least from a distance, so well designed and finely constructed that the only question remaining after the dust cleared was how much the tablet would cost. Today, it seems we have an answer.
Earlier this morning, an eagle-eyed Microsoft watcher discovered a page on the company's online store listing the Surface tablet in several configurations including $499 for the 32-gigabyte model without the Touch Cover, $599 for the 32-gigabyte model with the Touch Cover, and $699 for a 64-gigabyte model with a Touch Cover. In addition to the tablet, the site also listed the device's accessories priced at $119.99 for the Touch Cover and $129.00 for the Type Cover. However, it looks as though that posting was an early leak, because the page has now completely disappeared, and Microsoft has remained mum on any official pricing details for the device.
Marketing material for the Surface has already begun to pop up in certain cities and official invitations have been sent out for a Surface launch event set to take place on October 25. Nevertheless, it looks like someone at Microsoft slipped up and gave us an early look at the device's price points, which appear to be calculated to compete head-to-head with the leading iPad, which starts at $499.
Just yesterday, Microsoft released a new commercial showing off the features of its new Windows 8-powered tablet, which you can see in the video below.
Via The Verge