Microsoft has slashed $100 from the price of its entry-level tablet. The Microsoft Surface 2 sold for $449 and up when it launched a little less than a year ago. Now you can pick up the 10 inch Windows RT tablet for $349 and up.
The Microsoft Surface 2 features a 10.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The entry-level model has 32GB of storage. Microsoft also offers a 64GB model which is now priced at $449. A 64GB Surface 2 tablet with support for AT&T 4G LTE sells for $579.
Both of those prices reflect a new $100 price drop.
At these new prices you can pick up a Surface 2 tablet for significantly less than the cost of an iPad Air with Retina display. On the other hand if you grab an Apple (or Android) tablet you’ll have access to more tablet-friendly apps. Both the App Store and Google Play Store have hundreds of thousands of third-party apps that aren’t yet available in the Windows Store.
On the other hand, the Surface 2 comes with Microsoft Office 2013 RT featuring Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It also works with optional Microsoft Surface keyboard covers.
Do the new prices for Surface tablets running Windows RT make them any more attractive? Or would you rather spend your money on a tablet that runs Windows 8.1 which is capable of running desktop-style apps and software developed for older versions of Windows?
Either way, it’s likely that the price cuts (and passage of time) could indicate that Microsoft has a new model on the way.
via Ars Technica