Engadget reports that Microsoft revealed the price of the ARM-based Surface RT tablet to attendees at their recent TechReady15 conference and the device clocked in at an unbelievably low $199.
The price would make the tablet competitive with Googleâ€™s Nexus 7 and Amazonâ€™s Kindle, amongst other devices, and would be a new low for 10.6 inch tablet.
On the other hand, the device should have pretty similar specs to the Googleâ€™s Nexus 7, and a larger, lower-resolution screen may actually be cheaper than the smaller 1280×800 screen on the Nexus 7. ISuppli estimates the Google Nexus 7 only costs around $154 in parts. Google have said they will not be making any profit on that device, and Microsoft may be playing the same game, working to gain market share at the expense of revenue.
If true, it may peg the x86-based Surface Pro at $400-$500, again a price which is near irresistible.
The device is expected to be announced on the 26th October and at that price is likely to be a major hit.