The latest rumors regarding the pricing for Microsoft’s Surface tablet talks about models as cheap as $199, competing directly with Google’s Nexus 7, a budget tablet aimed at power users and fans of the Nexus brand. According to David Schmoock, head of Lenovo’s North America operations, devices running Windows RT will cost $200 to $300 less than those powered by Windows 8.
Windows RT will be compatible with ARM processors while Windows 8 will have Intel and AMD chips at its core. Tablets running Windows 8 will cost $600 to $700, said Schmoock, and Windows RT-based slates costing $200 to $300 less could be as cheap as $300. This will definitely help Microsoft and its OEM partners to take a bite out of Apple’s tablet chunk of the market and will definitely put up a fair fight with the Nexus 7 (and follow-ups).
Schmoock said “RT will play in consumer and retail at very aggressive price points”. Windows 8 tablets will probably appeal to corporations and businesses because of increased compatibility with software while Windows RT devices will represent a “very good consumer box”.
Via: The Verge