When Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet in June, the company promised that the first models would be available around the same time that Windows 8 launches. Now the company has confirmed that you’ll be able to buy a Surface tablet the same day Windows 8 goes on sale.
Eventually Microsoft plans to offer two different types of Surface tablets. The ones that will launch first will feature low power, ARM-based processors and a special version of Windows 8 called Windows RT.
Later they’ll be joined by Surface tablets with x86 processors and Windows 8 Pro. The x86 models will be able to run a wide range of apps including software designed for Windows 7 and earlier, while Windows RT tablets will only be able to run software designed for ARM processors.
There’s still no word on exactly how much either type of tablet will cost — although Microsoft says the Surface tablets will be competitive with similar devices from competitors.
Somehow I doubt that means we’ll see a Google Nexus 7-like $200 tablet from Microsoft, but we could see models in the $500 or lower range to compete with the Apple iPad.