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Microsoft Surface RT Now Available for Pre-Order

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Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet is now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store website.  Read on for details.

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Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet is now available for pre-order on the Microsoft Store website. We told you about the new tablet here, and here are some details of the product specifications from Microsoft’s website:

Operating System

Windows RT is an exciting new version of Microsoft Windows that is built to run on ARM-based tablets and PCs. Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

Productivity

Get more done with up to 8 hours of battery life. Surface with Windows RT comes installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview.

Applications

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview1, (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video, and Games.

Security

Surface with Windows RT features device encryption and comes with Windows Defender.

Connectivity

Always connected, even when in standby mode. Connected standby keeps apps up-to-date.

Thinness

9.30mm

Weight

1.5lbs

Battery

31.5 W-h

Storage

32GB, 64GB

Screen

10.6”, 16:9, 1366×768

Ports

Stereo speakers
Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port

The Surface RT is available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States. Here is a chart summarizing the pricing in the US and UK:

Model

Price USD

Price GBP

64GB With Black Touch Cover

$ 699.00

£559.00

32GB With Black Touch Cover

$ 599.00

£479.00

32GB W/O Black Touch Cover

$ 499.00

£399.00

Surface Touch Cover

$ 119.99

£99.99

Surface Type Cover

$ 129.99

£109.99

 

The UK prices include VAT.

These prices are competitive with the iPad.  However, these models omit mobile data connectivity and the screen resolution is less than the iPad.  While these RT model will run Office, they can not run any legacy applications, only applications installed from the Microsoft app store.

Here are some product pictures:

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Overall, I think that I will hold off and evaluate the Pro version, which is due out in early Q1 2013, before jumping onboard the Surface bandwagon.  How about you?

Surface RT Pre-Order Site
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