After much speculation, Microsoft has revealed that its Surface tablets will retail from $499 to $699.
The information, which was revealed on the company's online store website (but has since mysteriously disappeared) showed that an entry-level 10.6-inch Surface with 32GB of storage, running the Windows RT operating system, will retail for $499 without the Touch Cover keypad and for $599 with it. A 64GB version will be priced at $699 and comes with a Touch Cover as standard.
Touch Covers, available in white, red, black, blue or purple, will retail for $119.99 each, while the Type Cover keyboard will be $10 more expensive and only comes in black.
Since Microsoft unveiled its range of upcoming Surface Tablets, the company has released little information other than their release date: October 26. Even technology journalists have been aggrieved at the lack of time afforded them to test and put the tablets through their paces with stories emerging that at the soft launch event in June all interaction with the devices was directly supervised by Microsoft employees.
As well as the 9mm thick, lightweight 10.6-inch Surface RT tablets, Microsoft also debuted a range of slightly beefier Surface Pro tablets that will run the full Windows 8 operating system with an Intel rather than an ARM chipset and come with either 64 or 128GB of storage. Expected to be available to buy in early 2013 there is still no word on their expected retail prices.