One of the bigger mysteries about the Surface tablets, which bare the Microsoft logo, is their pricing – this detail, although obviously very important for the end-user, is still being kept a secret from them, though the software company has promised, that they’d announce the pricing before the initial launch of the tablet – which is going to be on 26.10, on the same date as the Windows 8 debut. So far, though, the only thing we knew about the pricing was, that it would match the pricing of a regular ARM-based tablet. As some recent rumors have, uncovered, though, the price might be as low as just $199 – quite a surprise, though according to the rumors, this information was released by Microsoft during the TechReady15 conference.
If the price actually turns out to be this one, Microsoft are going to place their product right against the Nexus 7, though probably selling it at a loss. Then again they would also probably place it against the upcoming devices of their partners and a price like this isn’t really something you can compete with – not for a 10,6″ device. If the price is however higher than the rumored $199, we think Microsoft should announce it as soon as possible, in order not to disappoint the people, who are relying on those rumors. B. A.