In the previous month, Microsoft had announced that they will be making the Surface RT available at reduced rate especially for students. Now, Microsoft makes the Surface RT available at discounted price for general consumers as well. Very recently, it was found that the Surface RT is available for $349 at Staples. We have got the Staples advertisement for you. The $349 is an impressive price tag and there is a price cut of $150 from the original price.
It was only last week that there were rumors about Microsoft may consider significantly reducing the price of Surface RT tablets and finally it has come true. However, the price cut is only showing for the 32GB version of the Surface RT tablet. Analysts feel that the 64GB version will be priced at $449 without the TouchCover.
In the pic we have added here, we can see a weekly ad layout from Staples. When the ad is clicked, it shows the product page of the tablet and shows you the most recent discounted price along with a banner that reads ‘upcoming deal’. They have not mentioned whether they will include the TouchCover in the deal.
The deal has gone live from 14th July and according to the flyer, the deal is going to be available only till 20th July. If you are interested in purchasing the Surface RT, you need to do it today.
Recently, Microsoft has suggested arrival of two new successor products for Surface RT and Surface Pro. However, the successor products will be out in the market next year. The news of these two products was made public during the Worldwide Partner Conference. Rumors have it that the successor device for Surface Pro will come with the new Haswell CPU whereas the Surface RT will get a qualcomm CPU. The manufacturers are also planning to offer LTE connectivity.
The Surface RT is the very own tablet from Microsoft which was announced a year ago. Surely the price cut is an indicator that Microsoft wishes to sell all the RT tablets in stock and make away for the upcoming successor. Microsoft is currently a new player in the tablet PC market. Major brands like Apple, Samsung and Asus are ruling the tablet market. Still, Microsoft has managed to cling on to the 5th position in the market. The recent price reduction of Surface RT can help in increasing the popularity of Microsoft tablets.
The reason behind Microsoft resorting to reduction in price is the slow sales of the tablets. Even the education program to give away Surface RT tablets at $199 is also Microsoft’s move to clear the remaining stock of its devices. The inbuilt kickstand, wide HD display, external microSD slots and the very Touch Cover and Type Cover are some of the salient features of the Surface RT tablet.
Most tech sites that reviewed the Surface RT tablet criticized on its high price tag. Well, now Microsoft has reduced the price but will it be able to attract buyers? The Surface RT 32 GB is available for $349 at Staples. It has not mentioned anything about the TouchCover. However, analysts feel the Surface RT along with Touch Cover will for $449. The Surface RT 64 GB variant will be available for $449 and with Touch Cover, you can get it for $549.