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Microsoft opens preorders for Surface RT tablets, not quite what we hoped for

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Everyone knows this is a blog dedicated to all things Android, but some might be surprised to learn that the majority of our visitors come from Windows devices. Over the last 30 days, we have seen 52% visits from Windows, 30% from Android, 8% from Mac, and 5% from iOS. For this very reason, we have been following the launch of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet.

Early rumors suggested the Surface RT might launch for as low as $199, but the pre-orders just went live and the base model starts at $499. Microsoft has three pricing options including $499 for 32 GB without touch cover, $599 for 32 GB with touch cover, and $699 for 64 GB with touch cover. The Surface touch cover keyboard can be ordered separately for $119, and the Surface type cover can be had for $129. Surface RT will be available October 26th.

Highlights of the Surface for Windows RT include:

  • SoftwareWindows RT + Office Home & Student 2013 RT
  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra-based ARM chip
  • Display: 10.6-inch ClearType HD capacitive touchpanel
  • Capacity: 32 GB or 64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
  • Weight: 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 millimeters
  • Battery: 31.5Wh
  • I/O: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Accessories: Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • 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

We think the Surface features an awesome design, but we don’t see any compelling reasons to get this tablet over a competing Android tablet or even the iPad. Surface with Windows RT works exclusively with apps from the Windows Store, so chances are the current native apps you are using might not be compatible. Also, Windows RT only supports Internet Explorer, so don’t expect to ever see the Chrome browser.

Microsoft plans to sell 3 to 5 million Surface tablets this year, but we have a hard time believing they will hit those numbers at these prices. What do you think about Microsoft’s chances for success? Will any of you be buying a Surface RT tablet as a companion device for your Windows PC?

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