The Microsoft Surface tablet that was announced a few days ago is expected to be the next — or perhaps the first — biggest rival to the iPad in the tablet market. The pricing of the Surface will likely be crucial to its success, however, and The Next Web today has learned from a source close to Microsoft that pricing of the Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models are expected to be $599 and $999 respectively. Unlike the Kindle Fire, it appears that Microsoft will not be undercutting the iPad in price and competing head-on with the Apple tablet.
That positions the Microsoft Surface as $100 more expensive than the base model new iPad with Wi-Fi, which currently retails for $499, while the Windows 8 Pro model is much pricier as it approaches the four-digit price range. The Microsoft Surface would also be more expensive than other ARM-based tablets such as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. At the same time, the pressure sensitive keyboard cover that attaches to the Microsoft Surface is expected to be included as part of this $599 price, so that could explain why the tablet is priced marginally higher than its competitors.