Microsoft announced that the $100 discount introduced a month ago is now permanent. Touch Cover and bundles also get a price drop. Should we expect these windows tablets refreshed anytime soon?
Microsoft Surface Pro tablet can now be purchased starting at $799.99 (64GB), Surface RT tablet at $399.99 (32GB) and bundles with Touch Cover keyboard get another $50 discount. Touch Cover by itself gets a price drop of $40 to $79.99. Same discount applies to limited edition Touch Covers, which can be now taken home for $89.99.
“The customer response to recent Surface pricing and keyboard-cover promotions has been exciting to see, and we are proud to begin rollout of Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT bundles at even more affordable prices starting August 29,” said a spokesperson in an e-mailed statement.
Interestingly, wpcentral reports, that the UK sales of Surface RT have been so bad that Microsoft slashed the prices down by full $150 to £279 ($349).
Rumors are both of these tablets are getting refreshed. Surface RT should get the dated Tegra 3 processor swapped for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. New Surface RT is also said to be tested with Microsoft’s newest Windows 8.1 update, which is ready, but won’t be released until October. Microsoft is loyal to their Windows RT for ARM devices, even though many OEMs turned it down in favor of full Windows 8 or other OSs.
New Nokia Sirius Windows RT tablet is also being tested using the same Windows RT OS and same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC.
Surface RT 2 is also rumored to be accompanied by smaller 7 inch version called Surface Mini. This segment will be tough for Microsoft as Google’s Nexus 7 2013 is about to be released and iPad Mini 2 is under way as well.
Surface Pro 2 is rumored to introduce LTE, WiFi 802.11ac and NFC connectivity, possibly even wireless charging. All this sounds awesome of course, but will Microsoft address the horrendous battery life issue?
Microsoft is also rumored to work on 7.5-inch Xbox Surface tablet for gaming enthusiasts for next year.
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