Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) has finally disclosed the price of the Surface tablet. Interested people can get the 32 GB model without a touch cover at $499.
The basic 32 GB model is sold out, as per the pre-order page of Microsoft Surface. The page reveals that the backorders will ship out in a span of 3 weeks.
It goes without saying that it is indeed good news for Microsoft. As per ZDNet, the company has placed an order for 5 million Surface tablets. It hopes to sell them within the fourth quarter. If this initial sell out is an indication, they may well be on their way to achieve the goal.
A question, however, comes into mind. Will the other more pricey models also sell out? Both the models that are priced at $599 and $699 are still listed as being in stock and shipping on 26th October. Customers, who are interested in can start seriously considering putting the extra $100 to get one. Also, the costlier models would come with the amazing touch covers.
Sure there are still a host of questions when it comes to the selling the device out. How many pre-orders was Microsoft letting before it put the tablet on backorder? Are the costlier models getting similar response? Is Microsoft expecting the Surface to sell well after the first early adopter period? Microsoft has been reached out to comment.
Irrespective of any factor, Surface is off to a great start. There were a lot of negative comments related to the price. However, it has not stopped countless people from placing pre-orders of the device. It sure will be interesting to see if iPad Mini receives this kind of response too. They are not technically rivaling, but the two devices in question will surely be the to major tablets for spending dollars over the holiday season.