You see, we assumed that being “competitive” with other ARM-based tablets would put the Microsoft Surface RT in the $499 range, along with devices like the Asus Transformer Pad. But it was shortly after the Surface was revealed that we saw the Google Nexus 7, which starts at just $199. Coupled with the $199 Kindle Fire and the rumored iPad mini, the landscape has changed and Microsoft might be feeling the pinch.
And that’s the word coming from an anonymous “inside source” at the TechReady15 conference held by Microsoft. This “inside source” is saying that Surface for Windows RT will be launching on October 26 with prices starting at just $199. That puts it right in line with the Nexus 7 and it’ll surely have some OEM partners, like Acer, a little more than peeved. At that price, Microsoft is surely selling the tablet at a loss, but I guess that’s the price you pay when you’re still trying to catch up to the iOS and Android tablets of the world.
Of course, considering how much has changed in the last two months, there’s no saying that Microsoft won’t change its mind again in the next two months. After all, we’re expecting to see the iPad mini in September and that could significantly shake up Microsoft’s plans.