Microsoft today announced Australian pricing for the upcoming Surface tablet with Windows RT, and is now taking pre-orders.
There are three options available: a 32GB storage option for AU$559, the same storage with a Touch Cover keyboard for AU$679 or a 64GB GB tablet that is bundled with the Touch Cover for AU$789.
If you're keen to jump on the Surface straight away, Microsoft is taking pre-orders now at www.surface.com.
The Surface is Microsoft's own design, and comes with an Nvidia T30 processor and 2GB RAM. The new Windows RT OS is pre-installed, meaning that you will be able to use apps designed for Windows 8, but you will not be able to run older programs written for previous versions of Windows. Microsoft will preload the tablets will a range of software, including Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT, Internet Explorer 10 and Xbox Music, Movies and Games.
When the Surface was first unveiled, Microsoft also showed a "Pro" version of the tablet, running on Intel hardware, rather than an Nvidia SoC. This Pro model will run a full version of Windows 8, making the tablet backwards compatible with older software. Microsoft is not alone in designing Windows 8 tablets either, with similar products to come from other manufacturers, like Samsung, Asus and Acer.