Microsoft Surface RT Starts At $499, Available For Pre-Order

Microsoft has outed the pricing details of the Windows 8 RT operating Surface tablets. The Surface RT, which is powered by an ARM chip does not run old Windows softwares that run on Windows 7. The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro is expected to be launched early next year.

Surface RT is available in only 32GB and 64GB models, with a starting price of $499 for the 32GB model without the Touch Cover. But if you decide to go for the Touch Cover, the starting price jumps to $599 for 32GB and you get a black Touch Cover. The 64GB model is only available with the Touch Cover for $699.

Microsoft is providing two kinds of keyboards. The first variety is the Touch Cover, measuring 3.25mm and weighing less than 0.46lbs. This a pressure sensitive keyboard, which means it will provide no tactile feedback while typing. But that is price you pay for an ultralight, ultra thin keyboard. Available in multiple colors, the Touch Cover costs $119.99 if bought separately.

Type Cover is a more traditional kind of keyboard, with mechanical keys for comfortable typing. Though not as thin as the Touch Cover, the Type Cover still measures only 6mm and weighs less than 0.55lbs. Only available in Black, it costs $129.99 when purchased separately. Type Cover also comes with a full set of function keys. (will be useful only when using Windows 8 Pro)


Surface RT Specifications:


Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote)


10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in 1.5lbs, VaporMg casing, Dark Titanium color, Volume and Power buttons


32GB, 64GB


10.6″ ClearType HD Display 1366×768 pixels, 16:9 (widescreen), 5-point multi-touch


NVIDIA T30, 2GB RAM, Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology


31.5 W-h

Cameras and A/V

Two 720p HD cameras, front-and rear-facing, Video, Two microphones, Audio Stereo speakers


Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, HD video out port, Cover port


Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

Power Supply

24W power supply


1-year limited hardware warranty

Apps (included)

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.


Source: Microsoft