Why a $199 Microsoft Surface Tablet is Probably Wishful Thinking

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chaosdsm

Are they claiming a 10.6" 128GB tablet with Windows RT Pro for $199??? No they are not. It could however be an unannounced Limited version with 16GB storage capacity that's aimed at creating a quick buzz. Or $199 could also be a pre-sale promo-price like the half-off Windows 7 upgrade edition pre-sales Microsoft put on before the launch of Windows 7.

But no matter how you spin it, the world will just have to wait & see when they hit store shelves.

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Khoiboi

Plus it would undermine their OEM partners and those folks have already showed their discontent with both Windows 8 and Windows Surface, so... If anything, I would say $400 - a little less than iPad, still more than the estimated build price.

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froggz

If the Nexus 7 is $200 for a 7 inch screen, then I'm going to guess the Surface will be $300 or maybe $349. Yes, $349 would be the magic number to entice people to buy this instead of an android or Ipad tablet. Anything higher, and it's going to be another Zune HD.

I think the biggest obstacle right now is how much people have invested in either Android phones/tablet or ipad/iphone. Buying a surface, means abandoning all the apps people currently own in the android/apple market. I know I don't want to make that leap yet.

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dgrmouse

Because your experience in electronics manufacturing says that adding three inches to the screen size alongside an SD card slot adds $150 to the build costs?

As far as application support goes, the best applications for iPhone are the ones that remedy poorly implemented features or compensate for missing ones on the base phone. It's easy money to bet that all the remaining apps with any significant following will be ported.

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froggz

Not just from my vast experience but from my advance manufacturing technologies degree from George Washington High School ;)

I compared the current price difference from the current manufacturers that offer 7 inch tablets and 10.1 inch models. The price difference is about $150. Look at Acer prices, or compare the Nexus 7 with Asus transformer prime, which both have tegra 3. The 16gb Nexus cost $249, the Asus Prime 32g cost $499, That extra 3 inches, SD card, and hdmi output seems to increase the cost by quite the amount. It doesn't take that big a leap of the imagination that the Surface will follow along those lines with pricing, unless MS subsidizes the cost.

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kixofmyg0t

$500 Windows tablet vs $200 Nexus.

Surface is gonna do great....lol.

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TechGoudy

I see myself buying one of these tablets, but only if they are priced reasonably. I have a feeling they will be considering that they don't have to pay all the extra fees an OEM would anyway.

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georgey

Double post

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I'd be happy just pulling Windows 8 off of it to see if I can run something else if I want to before buying it

I don't want it if they're gonna limit driver support for anything but Windows 8

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dgrmouse

I expect them to have a secure boot environment that will make it difficult to install homebrew applications and runtimes.

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Edwincnelson

Well the Playbook's specs aren't that far off and it's going for $199. Remember Android tablets/phones all have to pay Microsoft (and Apple) royalties, whereas Microsoft only has Apple to pay, and considering how nicely they've played lately, Apple might not be getting that much.

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ApathyCurve

Technically, the whole Xbox thing is deferred earnings, not subsidization, since they will make their money over the course of the year, (very few people use $15/month worth of bandwidth and server time).

Incidentally, does anyone else remember that Surface used to be a table (no 't')?

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legacy2013

Microsoft did used to subsidize XBox 360s when they first came out, but yea the new deal mentioned here is more of a deferred cost.

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dgrmouse

Yeah, subsidize was a very poor word choice.

Judging from the ire of the "OEM partners", I'm guessing that if this rumor proves true it will be in the form of a discounted price available to purchasers of Win8 or XBox stuff or something.

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TechGoudy

Lol I remember that and I think its funny that they used that name, and I am sure they only used it because the table never caught on.

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bling581

Just looking at similar priced tablets at $199 makes it hard to believe that the Surface would be the same. Even if it didn't come with the keyboard.

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ronmccord

I would be happy with getting one under 400 bucs. having a 7 or 8 inch option is nice also. Now can you read comics on these things? You can on ipad, and kindle and android...

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georgey

Comixology has a Windows RT app:

http://www.neowin.net/news/comixology-windows-8-app-launched

It's very beta still.

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