We’ve already seen the Nook HD Android tablet range drop in price over the past week, and Amazon followed by reducing the price of its Kindle Fire tablets too, although not quite as generously as Barnes & Noble. Now, it’s Microsoft’s turn to try and drum up some interest in its struggling Surface RT tablet.
Originally marked up at £400 in the UK, the price of the Surface RT has been slashed by 30% to £280, which brings it inline with the Apple iPad Mini, and cheaper than the full size iPad. For this you get a 10.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, a quad-core Tegra processor, 2GB of RAM, a front and rear video camera, plus stereo speakers, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Although 32GB of storage space is included, at least half of this is taken up by the Windows RT operating system, so it’s a good thing there is a microSD card slot built in. Windows RT is a strange beast, as it doesn’t run standard Windows apps, but does come with special versions of Office and other Windows tools. There are also various apps available for Windows RT through the Windows Store.
The Surface RT has had its fair share of negative press, as the operating system is considered stunted, and not as much use as full Windows 8. Still, this is a far more reasonable price for a decent, large screen tablet, and is probably closer to what it should have been at launch.