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Steve Ballmer says Surface Tablets off to a "modest" start
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Steve Ballmer says Surface Tablets off to a "modest" start

Earlier this year, many of us were hoping that Microsoft would launch its Surface Tablet, specifically the version running Windows RT, at a low price to compete with other devices on the hyperactive market.

Early rumors pointed to a price of $199, but that turned out to be quitey far from the actual retail price of the tablet which was revealed closer to launch date.

Steve Ballmer says Surface Tablets off to a "modest" start

As we've previously reported on TG, Microsoft is asking $499 for the entry-level version of its Surface Tablet, with one of the better-equipped versions of the Surface Tablet sells for $599. Interestingly, IHS iSuppli issued a report earlier this month that listed the bill of materials for the 32 GB tablet with the optional Touch Cover at only $271 - with another $13 as manufacturing expense.

This means that Redmond is making quite a tidy profit margin on each tablet sold. In any event, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated that sales of the Surface Tablet "are starting modestly," although he remained tight-lipped about actual numbers.

Ballmer also noted that the more expensive and higher performance Intel-based version of the Surface tablet was on the way. This particular tablet will be a bit more than half an inch thick and weighs about 2 pounds. It is also equipped with a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, along with Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, 4 GB of memory, up to 128 GB of storage and a 10.6-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Exact pricing is unknown, but Microsoft has said the device would be in line with similarly configured ultrabooks, say somewhere in the $800 to $1,000 price range, if not a little higher.