The Microsoft Surface May Cost More Than The iPad [Rumor]

The Microsoft Surface May Cost More Than The iPad [Rumor]

As has been discussed in the past, the general consensus among those in the tech industry seems to be that the only way to compete with the iPad is to make your product cheaper than it.

This was moderately successful for devices such as the Kindle Fire, which sold in respectable numbers, but fell off after a short amount of time, even though it retailed for only $199. If history is anything to base expectations off of, the Microsoft Surface may be in trouble. The Next Web is reporting today that Microsoft’s entry into the tablet market may cost considerably more than the iPad.

According to Matthew Panzarino, the cheaper of the two Surface models, the ARM version, could start at a whopping $599, which is $100 more than the entry level 3rd generation iPad. The Pro version, running Windows 8 rather than Windows RT, could start as high as $999. Pricing these tablets higher than an entry level iPad could spell doom for Microsoft, who will already have fierce competition from not only the likes of Apple, but Samsung and Asus as well.

It would be one thing if the Surface offered a lot of features that the iPad can’t match. Sadly, the only real differentiator is the flip out keyboard, which in reality, isn’t a whole lot more useful than any keyboard case you can buy for the iPad. That price, combined with the lower resolution screen, thicker form factor, and shortage of Metro apps at launch could prove to be disastrous for Microsoft.

While the Surface does include the keyboard cover with it, unlike any option with the iPad, I can’t see many consumers paying the difference for just an accessory. Keep in mind, these prices aren’t confirmed, but regardless, they are fairly representative of the price range we will see when the Surface launches in fall.

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  • wordsfromluke

    Very competitive.

  • AndySinD

    As an iPad owner I think the surface potentially could be better and worth paying more for. The surface comes with a stand, keyboard and USB connectivity. All these three things come as an extra for the iPad. I don’t care how crisp my screen is as long as it connects to all my other gizmos.

  • CGJack

    And it may be cheaper than the iPad… [Rumour]

  • Tinny

    And… The beans are spilled

  • Optica1ilusionz

    Your forgetting one key thing, the pro is basically an ultra book replacement. laptop spec hardware and running a FULL OS instead of a glorified phone OS like ios and android. The only fair way to compare it would be if the ipad ran OSX and had much better hardware…

  • lowtolerance

    Your forgetting one key thing, the pro is basically an ultra book replacement. laptop spec hardware and running a FULL OS instead of a glorified phone OS like ios and android. The only fair way to compare it would be if the ipad ran OSX and had much better hardware…

    In what world is a full-blown *nix variant considered a “glorified phone OS”?

  • lowtolerance

    Your forgetting one key thing, the pro is basically an ultra book replacement. laptop spec hardware and running a FULL OS instead of a glorified phone OS like ios and android. The only fair way to compare it would be if the ipad ran OSX and had much better hardware…

    In what world is a full-blown *nix variant considered a “glorified phone OS”?

  • Tallest_Skil

    Then it’s DOA, period.

    I don’t care how crisp my screen is as long as it connects to all my other gizmos.

    You don’t really understand what Apple is, do you?

  • RadTech5000

    What good is the device without the Apps?

  • easydone101

    Actually it’s not thicker. The Surface is 0.1 millimeters thinner than the iPad 3. Surface Pro is 0.1 millimeters thicker than the first generation iPad and is 3.8 millimeters thinner than the latest MacBook Airs at its thickest. Honestly the only thing competitive in the measurement area is its weight.

  • zviivz

    I don’t care how crisp my screen is as long as it connects to all my other gizmos.

    I actually care more about how the text look on the tablet because I use them for reading. I suspect a lot of folks who bought the tablet/iPad because they want it to consume media (ebooks, pdfs, music, video, etc). If you need a tablet with keyboard and need to connect to gizmos, I think a lot of folks have a computer/laptop for that. And if you’re a kid, you probably don’t even care about the screen resolution or the keyboard. They just want to watch their favorite cartoons on the iPad (or any tablet for that matter).

  • themike

    You shouldn’t be making price point comparisons with the base model iPad. The Surface will have USB connectivity (expandable memory) placing it more in line with the 64GB iPad which starts at $699. That would mean the Surface is actually rumored to be $100 cheaper than the iPad. Using that logic you are essentially practicing either irresponsible journalism or promulgating propaganda.

    Sent from my iPad.

  • John Howell

    Remember, windows rt is equivalent to iOS. The base version price will be similar to current arm tablets. The pro has an intel CPU, and run windows 8, which will run metro apps compiled for intel, an is more like an ultra book with a crappy keyboard and a touch screen.

  • mrTisnotme

    I for one would consider the Surface Pro a great deal even at $200-$300 more than any iPad.
    It just does so much more. Most the people I see with iPads are using them as remote desktop clients to Windows machines anyway every time they need to do any work. The Surface is the first tablet to change that. It finally brings real value to the form factor for businesses. Cannot wait.

  • Tallest_Skil

    The Surface will have USB connectivity (expandable memory)

    No one on the face of the planet is going to do that, you moron. Do you want a USB flash drive sticking out the side of your tablet? What about an external hard drive hanging off it? No? There’s probably a reason for that.

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