Microsoft Surface Pricing, Spec, Teaser Revealed, Starts at $499

Update 10/18: Added a new video "Learn more about Surface."Update 10/17: Added to new videos under this post "Overview of Surface," and "Making of the Surface":Another Microsoft Surface' teaser ad came out today, with some interesting choreography. Also, the company has just announced the pricing and technical details of its "Surface tablet."Microsoft announcing the price […]

Update 10/18: Added a new video "Learn more about Surface."

Update 10/17: Added to new videos under this post "Overview of Surface," and "Making of the Surface":

Another Microsoft Surface' teaser ad came out today, with some interesting choreography. Also, the company has just announced the pricing and technical details of its "Surface tablet."

Microsoft announcing the price says that the Surface will be initially available in three SKUs --"a 32GM version of 10.6″ ClearType HD display Windows RT powered Surface tablet will be priced at $599 with the Black Touch Cover, while the 64GB version will be sold for $699."

And, the cheapest version of the tablet wihtout a Touch Cover will cost you $499 for the 32GB version.

In addition, price for the Black Touch Cover "available as an optional accessory" will be $119.99 each, while the Type Cover in black has a price tag of $129.99 (which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel). "Unlike the Touch Cover, the Type Cover is available in white, red, black, blue, and purple variants."

microsoft surface tablet princing, technical specifications

The Surface tablet will come with two 720p HD cameras, two microphones and stereo speakers. And, it features an NVIDIA T30 chip, 2 GB RAM, with a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

The Black Touch Cover weighs only 0.46 lbs (0.2 kilos) and is just 3 mm thin.

Pre-orders will be available for purchasing beginning Oct. 26, on the General Availability of the Windows 8 at all Microsoft Store locations in the US and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores.

In addition, Surface will be available for sale online in eight markets across the world: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the UK and the US.

Here are the full specifications of Microsoft Surface:

Software - Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)
Exterior - 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons
Storage - 32 GB (3); 64 GB
CPU - NVIDIA T30, 2 GB of RAM
Wireless - Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Cameras - Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing
Audio - Two microphones, stereo speakers
Ports - Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port
Sensors - Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
Power Supply - 24W power supply
Warranty - One-year limited hardware warranty
Apps (included) - Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (2) (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games

BLACK TOUCH COVER

DIMENSIONS | 7.4 x 11.0 in • 3 mm thin
WEIGHT | 0.46 lbs COLOR | Black • Additional colors (White, Cyan, Magenta, Red) sold separately
KEYS | Activation: Pressure-sensing input • Layout: QWERTY
INTERFACE | Magnetic
SENSORS | Accelerometer

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