Microsoft Surface Tablets Available for Preorder Only in Selected Countries

By Sidharth | Microsoft

Surface tablets price

Microsoft Surface tablet prices were accidentally revealed yesterday on the online store. The page was removed immediately, but it is now back up and probably won’t be pulled down for a long time to come, as Microsoft has officially announced that it is taking preorders starting today.

The Surface tablet, which has a 10.6-inch screen and a kickstand as shown in the TV ad, will start at $499 for the 32GB version. However, this base model will not include the company’s innovative touch cover, although one can always purchase the cover separately.

Each touch cover costs $119.99. A type cover is also available for $129.99.

Price of Surface tablets:

Storage Includes black Touch Cover? Price
64 GB Yes $699
32 GB Yes $599
32 GB No $499

Before placing order for your Surface tablet (powered with Windows RT), you should know that only a few countries will be able to receive the slate. If your country is in the list below, go ahead and order the tablet from the official Microsoft online store.

Countries to Get Surface Tablets

Which countries will get Surface tablets? For now, only 8 countries can order Surface tablets from Microsoft’s online stores — this includes Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Price of Surface tablets in these 8 countries:

Country Surface 32 GB 32 GB + Cover 64 GB + Cover Touch Cover Type Cover
United States $499.00 $599.00 $699.00 $119.99 $129.99
Canada $519.00 $619.00 $719.00 $129.99 $139.99
Australia $559.00 $679.00 $789.00 $139.99 $149.99
United Kingdom £399.00 £479.00 £559.00 £99.99 £109.99
France €489.00 €589.00 €694.00 €119.99 €129.99
Germany €479.00 €579.00 €679.00 €119.99 €129.99

Note: The above mentioned prices were taken from the online store and doesn’t include the additional tax amount you should pay.

Additional Product Information — Surface With Windows RT
  • Software – Surface with Windows RT comes with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student RT Preview (2) (which includes Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote)
  • Exterior – 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches, 1.5 pounds, VaporMg casing, dark titanium color, volume and power buttons
  • Storage – 32 GB (3); 64 GB
  • CPU – NVIDIA T30, 2 GB of RAM
  • Wireless – Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Cameras – Two 720p HD cameras, front- and rear-facing
  • Audio – Two microphones, stereo speakers
  • Ports – Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, headset jack, HD video out port, cover port
  • Sensors – Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass
  • Power Supply – 24W power supply
  • Warranty – One-year limited hardware warranty
  • Apps (included) – Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (2) (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote), Windows Mail and Windows Messaging, SkyDrive, Windows Internet Explorer 10, Bing, Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Xbox Games

Here’s a video from the Surface Team explaining how the tablets were made:

No Surface Tablets in India

As expected, Indians won’t be able to buy the new Surface tablets. But why are the preorders limited to certain countries? It goes without saying that Microsoft is primarily targeting countries with potential consumers — this is not unusual.

Whenever a product is available for purchase, especially from a company that’s settled in US, it takes a good couple of weeks (and even months) for the company to expand its boundary and to reach international customers. We are not sure of the complications involved, but we will update all our Indian readers as soon as the Surface tablet travels to India.

On another note, Microsoft is investing billions of dollars in marketing the slate and Windows 8. Here is the TV advertisement, if you haven’t watched it yet:

Do you think the Surface tablet is fairly priced? The prices are definitely inline with the competition; however, the touch cover is expensive at almost $120 which makes Surface significantly costlier than the Apple iPad.

Download the complete Surface tablet Press Release [PDF file]

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!