It’s been a long time coming and at last it’s happening. Microsoft is ready to savagely slash Surface RT prices, bringing the tablet closer to its real value. Staples will likely be the first to put the discounts into effect, but chances are other retailers will follow suit soon enough.
The 32 GB Surface RT will cost $349.99 (sans a Touch Cover) starting this Sunday, July 14th, while the 64 GB variant (also with no keyboard included) will go for 100 bucks more. That’s $150 off existent Staples prices, but in all honesty it’s more like $100 less than the lowest prices we’ve seen Surface RTs go for around.
At this time, there’s no word on discounts for the optional keyboard covers, so there’s a good chance those will still go for $100. Then again, we should wait to hear from other retailers before making any assumptions.
After all, it’s probably no coincidence this deal will go live just as we wait for new Surface models to be unveiled. And if that’s truly the case, it’s not impossible to see sellers so desperate to clear out remaining stocks that they will be willing to do anything (i.e. discount Touch Covers).
But should you go for a Surface RT with a Snapdragon 800-powered follow-up, plus a Surface Mini looming on the horizon? Probably not. Like I said, 350 bucks is definitely closer to the existent slate’s real value, but not quite there yet.
Windows RT remains a struggling platform, with very weak app support, the 10.6-inch display with 1,366 x 768 pix res is still sub-par, not to mention the outdated Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. All in all, the 2 gigs of RAM, built-in kickstand and possibility to add a keyboard in order to increase productivity are the only strong points here, and they’re not worth $450.