What hardware will Microsoft give to paid BUILD 2013 attendees?

We are now less than two weeks away from Microsoft's BUILD 2013 developer conference in San Francisco. It begins on June 26th and runs through June 28th. At the moment, there are still tickets available for $2,095, along with a $995 price for qualified academic attendees.

Microsoft has given expensive pieces of hardware away as part of its two previous BUILD conferences. In 2011, it gave attendees the first Windows 8 tablet; a modified Samsung slate running the developer build of the OS. For BUILD 2012, it gave out a Surface RT tablet and a Nokia Lumia 920.

So what will the thousands of people that are expected to show up for BUILD 2013 get for their trouble, besides attending panels, going to parties and networking with colleagues? ZDNet.com reports, via an unnamed source, that Microsoft could give attendees a free Surface Pro and also the newly released 8-inch Acer Iconia W3 tablet.

Depending on which models Microsoft plans to give out, that means BUILD 2013 ticket holders could get between $1,280 and $1,430 in hardware. It's also possible Microsoft could add a new Windows Phone 8 smartphone to the mix, perhaps the new Nokia Lumia 925 or 928 devices.

Neowin will be attending BUILD 2013 to get the scoop on the entire conference. Just in case you are wondering, since we are attending as press, we are not eligible to receive any of the free hardware Microsoft might give out.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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