Microsoft Surface RT 64 GB version to be sold without Touch Cover for $599

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that the Surface Pro tablet, which runs Windows 8 Pro, would finally be available for purchase on February 9. However, buried in Microsoft's announcement was word that the previously launched Surface tablet with Windows RT would be getting a small but significant change.

The 64 GB version of the Surface with Windows RT tablet was previously sold for $699 and included the Touch Cover accessory. Today, Microsoft announced that the same tablet would now be available without the Touch Cover for $599. 

At the moment, this new option of Surface with Windows RT does not appear to be on sale on the Microsoft Store website, although it will likely be available in the very near future. 

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Surface RT is on the verge of epic fail.

Releasing Surface RT and Surface PRO so close together without clear differentiation between the two has created confusion for the consumer. The marketing from MS on both products has been completely garbled with too much emphasis on the "cool" factor and not enough on productivity or ecosystem. There is nothing, especially the price, that makes the RT stand out from the competition.

Maybe the Surface PRO will succeed where the RT has failed in that it is a full blown OS that can run "legacy" Windows programs in addition to Market Place apps. But even then, a potential customer would have to weigh the value of the Surface PRO over an ultra-light laptop when they are at about the same price point.

bradsday said,
Releasing Surface RT and Surface PRO so close together without clear differentiation between the two has created confusion for the consumer.

Surface RT is a tablet, Surface Pro is a Slate...

That's how I see it.... Tablet for out and about work with Pro as a laptop/PC replacement

Wow, I guess MS wants the Surface and Windows RT to fail?

They have to price these products LOWER than the competition or no one will buy into them

Sonne said,
Wow, I guess MS wants the Surface and Windows RT to fail?

They have to price these products LOWER than the competition or no one will buy into them

Reading comprehension problem or just too addled by your username logo to be able to have a balanced POV?

Surface Pro is cheaper without the kb than the iPad. It runs Windows 8. It supports thousands of devices, has hundreds of thousands of drivers already written for it, runs all your standard PC software including office etc etc. As a value proposition the iPad is caught between Android (cheaper, better OS, n10 has better screen too..) at one end and Surface Pro (and it's ilk) at the other squeezing it out of the business end of the market. The iPad has had it's day - it's software is stagnant and as a content creation device it's rubbish (most tablets are in reality).

Loved my iPad 3 back in the day though..


My username logo is the BSD daemon where the bite should be...Just because someone doesn't agree with your favourite corporation doesn't automatically make them fanboys of the competitor corporation and I don't use an iPad I use an N7, nice rant though.

Sonne said,
My username logo is the BSD daemon where the bite should be...Just because someone doesn't agree with your favourite corporation doesn't automatically make them fanboys of the competitor corporation and I don't use an iPad I use an N7, nice rant though.

I gave you a choice - and you saw only Apple - interesting. Given that we've established reading comprehension is the problem, I'm not surprised you failed to read the post properly or even respond to it cohesively. Instead you imply MS is my "favourite corporation" which is a farcical dodge at best (N7, N10 and ipad 3 here btw) and wholly inaccurate (just like your assessment of pricing).

I wouldn't expect that, since this isn't really a price drop; it's a new model/option.

$499 - 32GB Surface
$599 - 64GB Surface (new)
$599 - 32GB Surface with Touch Cover included
$699 - 64GB Surface with Touch Cover included

Makes sense really as the Pro won't get the Touch Cover, so the range looks a little silly if a 64GB RT has it standard but the Pro doesn't.

I've got a 32GB (with Touch Cover), I think the other issue is if you buy the bundle you have to take the Touch Cover in Black an don't get a choice in colour. I'd have much preferred the Cyan Touch Cover.

It (apparently) comes with a Type Cover. Contrary to its previous assertions, Microsoft now says that both the 64 GB Surface Pro ($899) and 128 GB Surface Pro ($999) both come with a Type Cover. The press release notes: “The Surface Windows 8 Pro with Type Cover is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada Feb. 9 and starts at US$899. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB, Surface Windows 8 Pro with Type Cover provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package.”

Looks like the press release was just revised to say "The Surface Windows 8 Pro is shown with an optional Type Cover and is available for purchase in the U.S. and Canada Feb. 9 and starts at US$899. Available in 64 GB and 128 GB, Surface Windows 8 Pro comes bundled with Surface Pen and provides the power and performance of a laptop in a tablet package."

The press release says "The Surface Windows 8 Pro is shown with an optional Type Cover"

The cover is optional, not included on the Surface Pro.

J400uk said,
Makes sense really as the Pro won't get the Touch Cover,

Not sure what you mean, but the type and touch covers all work on the Surface Pro and Surface RT. You can use all the covers interchangeably.

I mean from a consumer perspective it makes the range look confusing if the 64GB RT is bundled with the Touch Cover but the 64GB Pro has it as an optional extra.

Soon they will announce Surface RT 64GB for $499 ..... w/o MS office 2013 ...
Since people only care about the price, not about what include with the Surface.

MDboyz said,
Soon they will announce Surface RT 64GB for $499 ..... w/o MS office 2013 ...
Since people only care about the price, not about what include with the Surface.

It's not convenient to use office application with a tablet anyway. The touch cover is supposed to help, but if you get the surface RT without the touch cover, then let's remove the office application and decrease price again, that seems a good plan.

bigmehdi said,

It's not convenient to use office application with a tablet anyway. The touch cover is supposed to help, but if you get the surface RT without the touch cover, then let's remove the office application and decrease price again, that seems a good plan.


Inking in Outlook has been a plus for years, at least for me.

MDboyz said,
Soon they will announce Surface RT 64GB for $499 ..... w/o MS office 2013 ...
Since people only care about the price, not about what include with the Surface.

I'd welcome it. What exactly is wrong to actually have that option? Those who need Office can purchase it separately.

Does the iPoot come with pages and the other office apps pre-installed?

Nope? Thought so.

javagreen said,

Does the iPoot come with pages and the other office apps pre-installed?
Nope? Thought so.

My galaxy tab, came with an "office-like" app pre-installed .

MDboyz said,
Soon they will announce Surface RT 64GB for $499 ..... w/o MS office 2013 ...

Considering Office 2013 is a bundled feature of Windows RT not the Surface RT, this isn't going to happen.

Every Windows RT device has Office 2013 bundled with it, it's not specific to the Surface RT.

bigmehdi said,

My galaxy tab, came with an "office-like" app pre-installed .

I was talking about the iPad, I know the Android tabs come with such apps preinstalled.

ILikeTobacco said,
This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long.

Got to love blanket statements. Care to elaborate?

ILikeTobacco said,
Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense.

Then just use the SD card slot to extend storage. Or the USB. Pretty basic things the iPad don't even have.

It makes perfect sense to compare the two, because thats what the vast majority of people will do when looking for a tablet.

ILikeTobacco said,
Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense.

so Microsoft including a "full features OS" means they should price it at >$100 less than its competitor?

ILikeTobacco said,
Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense.

It's a full featured OS... which means that it does MORE than an iPad, SAME space*, LOWER PRICE. What is your point?

* the OS does take up some space

ILikeTobacco said,
Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense.

No its not, its windows RT - only modern apps from the store can be installed, just like iPad (only aps from app store can be installed).

Differences are though:

Surface RT can have storage extended via SD card, USB devices along with skydrive being far cheaper for additional storage than iCloud

Surface RT comes with office installed

1Pixel said,

Then just use the SD card slot to extend storage. Or the USB. Pretty basic things the iPad don't even have.

And external NTFS HDDs; just like ipad and android tabl.... oh, wait.

"ILikeTobacco said,

Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense."


Wow people are so gullible with their defensive Apple Stance.

duddit2 said,

No its not, its windows RT - only modern apps from the store can be installed, just like iPad (only aps from app store can be installed).
Office minus Outlook which for some people, like me for example, make the device unsuitable. Just to clarify: what I am trying to point out is the lack of clarity in the way the product is advertised.
Differences are though:

Surface RT can have storage extended via SD card, USB devices along with skydrive being far cheaper for additional storage than iCloud

Surface RT comes with office installed

WinA said,
To expensive just for 64 GB!
ILikeTobacco said,
Apples and Oranges. This is a full features OS which means 64Gb won't last long. Comparing the two doesn't make sense.

A device with more storage, a full featured OS, memory expansion, USB port, and video out should cost less than the iPad?

What kind of retarded logic drives people like this? It is really disturbing. This is why America is falling to pieces, the people in this country are just getting dumber.

Avatar Roku said,

A device with more storage, a full featured OS, memory expansion, USB port, and video out should cost less than the iPad?

What kind of retarded logic drives people like this? It is really disturbing. This is why America is falling to pieces, the people in this country are just getting dumber.

Just Apple fanboy parrots letting us know they exist. These types are worse than paid shills, because the shills atleast get paid.