The original Surface tablet is still available to buy, for only $349 and the good news is that it comes with Windows 8.1 preloaded
So far, Microsoft has been keeping quiet about the exact sale numbers of its new Surface tablet. Might it be that sales have been noticeable lower than the company first expected? It might be a good theory, especially since this week Microsoft will be consistently axing the prices of the Surface RT tablet.
herefore, from now on, customers looking to purchase the Surface RT without a cover will pay $349 for 32GB model. That’s a discount of $150, certainly not one to be overlooked. The 32GB model with a cover that acts like a keyboard when needed will cost $449. The same discount of $150 is applied.
A Microsoft spokesperson who talked to the Wall Street Journal stated:
We’ve been seeing great success with pricing and cover promotions over the past several months on Surface RT in the U.S. and other markets
Following Apple’s example with the “Back to School” program, Microsoft has also reduced prices for customers involved in the educational field and students going to or enrolled in college. Until summer ends, the 32GB Surface RT is available for them with $199.
Even with all these price cuts, perspective tablet owners seem to be unimpressed, and won’t give up so easily their Apple gear. The sales numbers predicted by analysts and market watch firms also paint a gloomy picture. Back in May, IDC issued an estimate of Microsoft’s tablet sale number which showcased that company sold 900,000 Surface tablets in Q1 of 2013. Even if IDC stated that the numbers are decent, they do not compare to the ones Apple boasted. The Cupertino tech giant shipped 19.5 million tablets word-wide.
Even if the Surface RT got a nice price cut, the Surface Pro tablet remains with the same price tag attached to it. This indicates that a new generation of tablets might be under way , which might be sporting the new Windows 8.1. Until now, we hope that the new discounts will attract more customers to the Microsoft tablet family.