Digitimes has been told by several sources that Microsoft's new Surface tablet will cost at least $599. That price is based on the model with the ARM processor, most likely Nvidia's Tegra 3 chip. The Pro edition of the Surface tablet, which uses an efficient Core i5 Ivy Bridge chip, will reportedly cost $799.
Digitimes' sources claim that the price will be the biggest obstacle for Microsoft's new tablet. While more expensive than the entry-level version of the new iPad, it potentially offers more functionality. In a business environment, the Surface has a lot of potential, because a wide array of software is available for Microsoft's operating system. For home use, the price will play a much bigger role. Microsoft's new Surface tablet will have to set itself apart from the numerous Android-based devices as well, which keep improving in performance and affordability.
The new Surface has a 10.6 IPS-screen and an integrated stand. Together with the two different keyboards that can be attached to the tablet, it provides a solution that can also be used for more demanding applications. If Digitimes' sources are correct, Pegatron Technology will manufacture Microsoft's new tablet.
New Surface tablet will cost at least $599, and Pro version with Core i5 $799