A listing that appeared briefly on the online Microsoft Store this morning revealed the long-awaited prices for the first Surface tablets, but anyone hoping for something below $200, keyboard cover included, should prepare to have their dreams shattered.
A 32GB version of Surface with Windows RT will start at $499, according to the listing. That version will come without an included Touch Cover, the signature Surface keyboard accessory that clicks into the device.
The 32GB version with a Touch Cover included will sell for $599, and a 64GB version with a Touch Cover will sell for $699, the listing showed before it was pulled from the Microsoft Store site.
Separately, the company will be selling the Type Cover, the keyboard accessory with raised keys, for $129.99. The Touch Cover alone will go for $119.99.
The Surface marks Microsoft’s move into full-fledged computer hardware, expanding beyond its traditional focus on software. The pricing for the tablet is in line with what Apple charges for the iPad, which is what Microsoft signaled back when it originally announced the Surface, saying the prices would “be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet.”
These models of Surface run Windows RT, the version of Windows 8 for ARM processors, which doesn’t run traditional Windows applications. Surface for Windows 8 Pro, built on traditional x86 chips, is scheduled to be available next year. Microsoft has said the pricing for that version of the tablet will be comparable to an Ultrabook-class PC.
Surface for Windows RT is set to be released on Oct. 26, along with Windows 8, and the online listing indicates that the company will be taking preorders for delivery by the release date.