No matter how much we'd like it to happen, Microsoft probably isn't going to launch Surface starting a mere $199, as has been rumored this week. Not only would such an aggressive pricing strategy further piss off Microsoft's hardware partners, it would also require selling the device at a significant loss. So, how much will Surface cost? Nobody knows for sure, but according to Lenovo, Windows RT versions will be priced up to $300 less than their Windows 8 counterparts.
"RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points," David Schmoock, head of Lenovo's North America operations, told Bloomberg in an interview. "It will do well but it's going to be more of a consumer price point play to begin with."
Schmook also suggested Windows 8 Surface tablets will sell for $600 and $700, so unless our math is fuzzy, that means Windows RT-based tablets will debut anywhere from $300 to $500, which seems a more reasonable prediction than $199.
If you haven't been following, Windows RT tablets will feature ARM-based hardware inside, while higher end Windows 8 tablets support x86 processor from Intel and AMD.