Microsoft is said by some to be becoming more and more like Apple every day – their silence on Windows Surface Pro release date details being carrying a distinctly Cupertino taste. It would have been expected at this point with the Surface RT campaign in full swing and Windows Phone 8 ready to do the rounds that the specs, features, prices and release date for the high-end Surface Pro Tablets would have also been revealed.
No such luck, so it is back to the rumor-mills and gossip-mongers to uncover the details – or at least hash a guess at them.
Microsoft was at least courteous enough to let us know some time ago that the Surface Pro Tablet would be priced “competitively” – in whose opinion though remains a mystery.
If several leaks are to be believed however, Microsoft may have a different opinion of “competitive” than the rest of us.
According to several unrelated sources from the consumer tech industry, the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet will launch in the coming months with a price of $899 for the base-model – higher spec versions easily topping the $1,000 mark. If true, Microsoft will be looking for consumers to shell out more than twice the price of the market-leading iPad for a tablet that hasn’t yet had sufficient time to prove its worth and appeal.
Perhaps even more worryingly, by the time the Surface Pro Tablet does see the light of day there will be dozens of Windows 8 laptops and notebooks available with vastly higher spec-sheets and considerably lower prices. Exactly where the Surface Pro Tablet fits into the Windows 8 campaign therefore remains to be seen, though could materialize as something priced right out of the reach of the average consumer and have only corporate markets to fall back on.