Pre-orders begin for Microsoft’s Surface tablet

Macworld Australia Staff
17 October, 2012
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Microsoft has announced limited pre-orders for its ‘Surface with Windows RT’ tablet to ship on October 26, with the larger ‘Surface with Windows 8 Pro’ tablet’s launch date still to be confirmed.

Announced in June, the Surface with Windows RT will start at $559 for a 32GB model without a Touch cover; $679 for 32GB with a Touch cover and $789 for the 64GB tablet with a Touch cover.

The tablet is Wi-Fi only, therefore a price comparison with Apple’s Wi-Fi iPad – $539 (16GB), $649 (32GB) and $759 (64GB) – shows the iOS tablet is $30 cheaper for the 64GB model. However the iPad does not ship with a cover at the above price.

The Windows 8 tablet sports a 10.6in display at 1366 x 720 pixels, lower than the Apple’s third-generation iPad’s Retina display resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Weighing 680g, the Surface with Windows RT is 27.5cm in height, 17.2cm in width and 0.94cm in depth and offers front- and rear-facing cameras, 2GB of RAM, USB 2.0 slot, microSDXC card slot and a headphone jack.

The tablet will ship with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail, SkyDrive and Internet Explorer 10. The Surface with Windows RT only works with certified applications from the Windows Store.

Purchasers are able to order a Touch cover for their tablet for $139.99 – available in black, white, red, magenta and cyan – or a black Type Cover for $149.99.

Australia will be one of eight countries to receive the Surface with Windows RT tablet in October.



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  1. Peter T. says:

    Both version of Surface will come with a version of MS Office. However, it seems that the license for the version on the Surface RT will disallow it from being used for money making activities. This is likely to have far-reaching consequences, and not only for business. Clearly, it will be unsuitable for business, but it will also be unsuitable for anyone who, for example, wants to create a book using Office RT and sell it. It will be interesting to see how this matter unfolds!

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