Microsoft announced the Surface tablets that runs on Windows 8 and Windows RT operating system in June. With these tablets, the software giant jumps to the hardware bandwagon, as Microsoft designs them by itself. The release date and price related rumors about the Surface is rife, making it one of the most anticipated devices of the year.
As per a report from an inside source of Engadget, Microsoft Surface could be dirt cheap, as fresh rumors claim that the tablet will cost $199 (Rs 11,000 approximately), like the Google Nexus.
The report states, “A session was held at Microsoft’s recent TechReady15 conference in which all the launch details were laid out. If rumors turn out to be true, the Surface for Windows RT tablet will be launching October 26th — no surprise there — at a compelling price of $199.”
However, the big question over here is - Will the Microsoft's new 10-inch tablet with less than a low price tag could make a difference? Especially, when the sales of Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire is concerned. With its new Windows 8 OS, will it be able to lure the customers accompanied with the price drop strategy.
At the same time, analysts are also questioning these speculations and are in doubts, whether it is possible for Microsoft to launch the Surface with such a low price tag?
As the Surface is larger than the Nexus 7, meaning that it could be more expensive. Moreover, the software giant has mentioned earlier that the Surface tablet’s RT version is a rival to the Ultrabooks.
The Surface tablet will run on Windows RT (though there is a Pro version as well), indicating that users can install software through the app shop of the software giant. Hence, if the tablet is launched for a cheap price tag, will the company be able to cover the costs involved?
Well, in the end the consumers would love to see the Microsoft Surface for a price tag of $199 (Rs 11,000 approximately), but, the company still needs to give a confirmation on that. Moreover, tech experts suggest that the tablet is being launch to compete with Apple iPads, matching its price range of $400 (Rs 35,000 approximately).
Google Nexus 7 is a the first device to run the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. It sports a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad core processor. The tablet has a 1.2 MP front camera and comes in Wi-Fi only version. It is powered by a 4325 mAh battery that offers 10 hours of backup. It comes in two variants – 8GB and 16 GB.
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