Microsoft to hold press event Sept 23rd, Surface announcements inbound

Microsoft will be holding a press event in New York on September 23rd to announce new products that will include the second generation of Surface devices.

If you want an early look at what the new devices will likely include, you can check out our exclusive posts that detail the specs of the Surface Pro 2, specs of the Surface RT 2, the new Power Cover and a dock for the Surface Pro.

Additionally, it looks like the Surface Mini will not be making an appearance at this event.

Make sure to keep watching Neowin as we will continue to bring you more Surface news this week and we will also be covering the press event on the 23rd as well.

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engii said,
$199??? this guy is a genius...every manufacturer should sell their products below cost..

why don't they pay you 199 to take one, that would be much better yeh??? f*ckwit

Very mature comment. I guess MS's current strategy of selling a few dozen Surface tablets every month is the one they should stick with.

CygnusOrion said,
Yawn, because Surface gen 1 did so well! MS better price these at $199 or it's DOA.

I bet Amazon wishes they could sell their kindles for higher seeing how their last financials turn out, which wasn't that good. But yeah, lets keep selling at a massive loss and hope to make it up on store sales.

CygnusOrion said,
Yawn, because Surface gen 1 did so well! MS better price these at $199 or it's DOA.

it outsold the nexus 10, and google is releasing another. so I don't see why MSFT wont' given it is more successful.

CygnusOrion said,
MS better price these at $199 or it's DOA.

Not the PRO. RT should be priced more to be competitive with others.

techbeck said,

Not the PRO. RT should be priced more to be competitive with others.

I think the Pro will have better pricing, though they could still do the original $899 base model but start with 128GB and drop the 64GB option which would make it more of a deal even with the old prices. Then bring in the 256GB version at the old 128GB price.

neonspark said,

it outsold the nexus 10, and google is releasing another. so I don't see why MSFT wont' given it is more successful.

for some reason ms are held to different standards

GP007 said,

I think the Pro will have better pricing, though they could still do the original $899 base model but start with 128GB and drop the 64GB option which would make it more of a deal even with the old prices. Then bring in the 256GB version at the old 128GB price.

Should do away with the 64gb option considering 1/2 that is the OS. Should stick with 128gb or more.

techbeck said,

Should do away with the 64gb option considering 1/2 that is the OS. Should stick with 128gb or more.

That's what I think, plus way more demand for the 128GB version from the start, though they have done work on reducing the footprint compared to 8.0 so I wouldn't go so far as to say it's 1/2 the space.

I just don't get why people seem to think a premium device such as this should be priced that low. People seem to look over the finer details of the design that went into this, the hardware, the eco system that is being built etc. You want cheap like $199 go with a cheaply made off brand. People complain about how crappy OEM systems have been with plastic, well that because there was little design or thought into materials put into it.

GP007 said,

That's what I think, plus way more demand for the 128GB version from the start, though they have done work on reducing the footprint compared to 8.0 so I wouldn't go so far as to say it's 1/2 the space.

I would imaging a pretty good chunk of the space is still being used up tho. 64gb is just to damn small these days. Especially a device that can run full apps.

Well the public pretty much has decided they don't want a Surface tablet. So if MS wants to shift more units, you lower the price. I'm not talking about making profits!

Shadowzz said,
Are we all systematically forgetting that the Surface was set primarily as a standard for OEMs and not to conquer the tablet market?

No, we're not, well, I don't know about others. This is part of the reason why it won't have some super low, sold for a loss, price. Could it have a lower price? Maybe, It could be $399 while the gen 1 is $350 or maybe they could take gen1 to $299. But nothing low like $199 as a starting price. They'll probably make less of them this time around though.

If they lower it to much, it gets into actual competing space with OEMs. Their margins on the surfaces are still more then sufficient for lower prices at least. And surely were so initially. MS seems to be holding back on strategies that have initial losses too.

Shadowzz said,
If they lower it to much, it gets into actual competing space with OEMs. Their margins on the surfaces are still more then sufficient for lower prices at least. And surely were so initially. MS seems to be holding back on strategies that have initial losses too.

Yeah, I agree, but on the other hand they don't want to take another write-down on these things, so either they just make less or you start with a lower price to boost sales more. I think that instead of starting it at $499 they could do it at $399 and still not step on any OEMs toes.

CygnusOrion said,
Well the public pretty much has decided they don't want a Surface tablet. So if MS wants to shift more units, you lower the price. I'm not talking about making profits!

Dude, the tablet has only been on the market for a year. Considering it was somewhat late, of course consumers aren't going to buy them up like hotcakes. That takes more time to do than a year.

Isn't Nokia suppose to release their Windows RT tablet during the same time? Also since most developers seem to have given up on RT, i don't think i want to invest in one. Will definitely pick Surface Pro 2

I'm hoping this round will be better. I may actually buy one. I still believe this is bad timing for Microsoft. No way this release outshines the new iPad release.

CygnusOrion said,
Heck it doesn't outshine the iPad 3.
Careful Cygnus. Around here you'll lynched for that comment. I can't say what you said because I am known to be very critical of the "new" Microsoft.

JHBrown said,
Careful Cygnus. Around here you'll lynched for that comment. I can't say what you said because I am known to be very critical of the "new" Microsoft.

shhhh, you are being watched....

But yea, bad timing. The iPad and iPhone are going to take the spot light.

Would be awesome if they announced a trade in for those of us who pre-ordered Gen1... that'd be a nice reward and thank you for us having to put up with slow hardware

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