Microsoft prices its Surface tablets to compete with the iPad

Microsoft Surface TabletMicrosoft has decided not to wait until the end of the month to release the prices of its Surface tablets, which makes sense if it wants to start selling them at midnight on October 26, and while they’re not quite as cheap as we hoped, they’re not as expensive as we feared either.

The good news is Microsoft will be bringing the Surface to the UK, something it hadn’t made clear up until now, and prices will start at £399 for the 32GB model with a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 2GB of RAM. This means the tablet is ARM-based and will therefore run Windows RT.

The screen measures 10.6-inches and has a resolution of 1366 x 768, plus there are two video cameras that shoot 720p footage, mounted on the front and read of the tablet. Other features include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot and a preview version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013.

If you want the flashy Type Cover with its built-in keyboard for your Surface, it’ll cost an additional £109, or £99 for the Touch Cover with its slimline keyboard. Microsoft will sell packs too, where a 32GB Surface with the Touch Cover will cost £479, and £559 for a 64GB Surface and the same cover.

These prices will see the Surface competing with the iPad rather than the Nexus 7, but it’s cheaper and has a lower specification than the new iPad, therefore is more likely to steal business from those interested in the iPad 2. Apple still sells the 16GB iPad 2 for £329 through its own store.

You can pre-order the Surface through Microsoft’s own website now, and they will launch on October 26.

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Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars