Come October 26th, Microsoft will release its new Surface device to the high street. However, particularly devoted customers may be able to snap up the tablet sooner rather than later by visiting their closest Microsoft store.
Despite efforts from Microsoft and Nokia, Windows Phone has yet to really have much impact in the market. With the Microsoft Surface tablet causing a fair amount of buzz, many rumors suggest Microsoft could release their own Surface phone as well. Now Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has stepped up and said that he would welcome the idea of Microsoft having its own smartphone. The executive says it could promote and expand the Windows Phone ecosystem.
Microsoft has trumpeted Windows 8, along with Windows Phone 8, as the realignment of its range to present a familiar experience across devices. So, what is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT?
It looks like someone at Microsoft hit the wrong key because the company unexpectedly published a web page that showed the pricing of the Surface. It seems that Microsoft are trying to compete with the high end tablet makers as the the entry level tablet with 32GB of storage will cost $499. That is the same price as a third generation iPad but with only 16GB or an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ wth 4G LTE Wireless and the same 32GB. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which comes with a 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor and 2 GB RAM Memory, cost the same $499. There are also cheaper large screen Android tablets with SmartQ offering the dual-core T30, with 2GB of RAM and 10.1 inch – 1280 x 800 display for just $319.
More clues suggest that Google is gearing up to launch a refreshed version of the Nexus 7, that will supposedly feature 3G and 32GB of storage. With the iPad mini coming, Google pretty much has to make a move on the tablet front, if it wants to keep mindshare ahead of the crucial holiday season.
Three months ago, Microsoft announced their response to the iPad. They called it the Surface. Forget about the specs and the hardware design for a second, the company failed to disclose two key pieces of information: When will consumers be able to buy it and how much is it going to cost?
After a slow start to the year for tablet sales the second half of 2012 is set to be an epic battle between Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
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