Did a Swedish company just spill the Microsoft Surface beans?Posted on July 25th, 2012 at 23:32 5 comments
More tantalizing hints about Microsoft’s Surface tablets…
Although it’s entirely possible the listings only exist as placeholders, as a publicity stunt, or to stir up controversy, I found a number of remarkable details.
If you choose to believe the posted price, the picture’s not pretty. The Windows RT 32GB lists at Kr 6,990, which is about US $ 1,001. The 64GB version comes in at Kr 9,990, or about US $1,431. Compare to the new iPad 64GB, shown on the same site at Kr 5,889 or US $ 844. That makes the not-quite-comparable Surface for Windows RT machine 70 percent more expensive than the new iPad.
The Surface for Windows 8 Pro 64GB lists at Kr 12,990 (US $1,861) and the 128GB runs Kr 14,990 (US $ 2,149).
There’s more. The specs include a few details I haven’t seen before.
Screen resolution for both of the Windows RT machines is listed as “HD” — precisely the same non-spec we’ve seen from Microsoft. But the screen resolution for the Windows 8 Pro machines appears as a respectable 1920 x 1080. Recall that the minimum screen resolution for full Metro support is 1366 x 768.
The processors come as no surprise. The Windows RT machines are said to come with the Nvidia Tegra, and the Windows 8 Pro machines with an Intel i5. No additional information — that’s what we’ve known for months.
All four machines are said to support 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, but there’s no mention of 3G/HSPA/WiMax/LTE. The other details — ports, card readers, video, battery, thickness and weight — all match previously published numbers (Windows RT, 1 x USB 2.0, SD, MicroHDMI, 31.5 Wh, 9.3 mm, 1.5 pounds; Windows 8 Pro, 1 x USB 3.0, SDXC, Mini DisplayPort, 42 Wh, 13.5 mm, 2.0 pounds).
There’s no mention of integrated keyboards, or even optional keyboards.
Last week, German language site NetzwerkTotal reported that the German Amazon site, Amazon.de, had posted ordering pages for five Microsoft Surface machines: the four outlined above, plus a Surface for Windows 8 Pro 32GB machine, which I’ve never seen mentioned anywhere. The Amazon.de pages didn’t have prices, don’t appear to have had many details, and they were pulled down in short order.
The vanishing web pages are par for the course: We saw similar jumped guns for Windows 7, for example. What surprises me, though, is that these pages showed up on retail sites. At the Mysterious Monday Surface press conference a month ago, Steve Ballmer made it clear that the Microsoft Surface machines would only be available from Microsoft online, and from select Microsoft stores.
Has something changed?
UPDATE: Aw, this one was too fun to be true. Webhallen has just fessed up. “”Just to clarify, we have not recieved any pricing from Microsoft regarding MRSP or purchasing net cost, and any people who have booked the Surface at this high price will of course have their order adjusted before any product is shipped.”
But that still leaves open the question about Amazon.de. Why does Amazon have a placeholder for the Surface tablets, when Microsoft has said it will only distribute them through their stores?
5 responses to “Did a Swedish company just spill the Microsoft Surface beans?”
pepper July 26th, 2012 at 20:12
If the pro 32gb is more than 500$ its a rip off
rc primak July 26th, 2012 at 22:24
The specs look plausible, but as was updated, the prices are 2x to 4x of current USA expectations. Maybe higher prices in Europe.
A 128GB Slate with a core-i5 processor would run hot, I would think. But otherwise, with Win 8 Pro, the real question is still the price. And whether a full reinstall or restoration from a backup image would work on this Slate. Looks interesting at first glimpse.
sanda July 28th, 2012 at 00:00
Any info yet on whether the new Surface Windows 8 pro has LCD or LED screen? That is basic info I need. (LED bothers me. I use LCD screens.)
No details yet. Not even the resolution. Blech.
rc primak July 31st, 2012 at 00:17
LCD screens are becoming rare. Most devices these days are LED. Older LCDs used to use a Tiny Fluorescent Tube backlight, which could burn out or become damaged. Imagine that happening inside a Tablet! LEDs don’t burn out and rarely break.
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