SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft is planning to launch its debut tablet, Surface RT alongside Windows 8 at midnight on 26 October, according to invitations sent out by the firm on Thursday.
The tablet hybrid that comes with a foldable keyboard in a variety of colours will be available to buy at pop-up stores in the US after a launch event on 25 October that ends at midnight, 26 October, the invitation says.
There's still no word on pricing or how good the tablet actually is hands-on, because Microsoft has kept its Surface plans very hush hush since the tablet's unveiling in July.
However, Microsoft's annual report filed back in July gives us some clues as to how much the Surface tablet will cost, saying, "Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."
That suggests the Surface RT will retail for around the £500 mark, despite rumours that the Pro version of the tablet might fetch as much as £1,000. In terms of the RT's specifications, that'll buy a 10.6in 1280x720 touchscreen, an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, up to 64GB storage and Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
If £500 is the price for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet, then the firm could well have some competition on its hands. With the Google Nexus 7, which retails for just £159 - and not forgetting those Ipad Mini rumours - that suggests it's likely to retail for two thirds of the price of the new Ipad, and customers might ignore the Surface for something a little less pricey. µ