Microsoft details Surface pricing, availability

Microsoft has today unveiled pricing and availability details for its Surface Windows RT tablet

Microsoft has today unveiled pricing and availability details for its Surface Windows RT tablet.

The Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet will be available in Australia in three models. The entry-level 32GB model will be priced at $559, a 32GB version bundled with a black keyboard Touch Cover accessory will cost $679, and the 64GB model bundled with included Touch Cover will sell for $789.

Microsoft says all three models of the Surface RT can be pre-ordered by Australians in "a special limited quantity", though the company refused to reveal how much pre-order stock will be available. The tablet will officially launch next Friday 26 October.

In addition to the Surface tablet, a range of accessories for the device are also available to pre-order online. The 3mm thin "Touch cover" accessory has a full multi touch keyboard and also includes a trackpad. The Touch cover is available in black, blue, red, pink and white colours and sells for $139.99 on its own.

For users who prefer traditional tactile keys over touching a flat surface, an optional "Type cover", which includes a full trackpad with clicking buttons, is available in black only for $149.99.

Consumers who pre-order the Surface RT online through Microsoft's Australian pre-order page are assured the "order will arrive by November 6."

The Surface RT tablet will aim to compete with Apple's market leading iPad in the consumer space. It has a 10.6in display, is powered by the Microsoft's new Windows 8 RT operating system and boasts a magnesium case.

In addition to Australia, the Microsoft Surface RT will go on sale in the US, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany and Hong Kong.

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