Ahead of the upcoming Windows 8 launch, Microsoft has revealed that the first models of their self-manufactured tablet, the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, will land in Australia on the same day as the new OS: October 26th 2012 --purchasable via the online store at surface.com
Surface delivers the power of amazing software and the feel of premium hardware in one exciting experience. Originally unveiled in June, Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at AUD $559.00, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $679.00, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $789.00. Prices are GST inclusive.
A variety of accessories will also be available, including Touch Covers in five vibrant colours — black, white, magenta, cyan and red — priced at AUD $139.99 so customers can express their personal style1. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for AUD $149.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
Notably, these first offerings feature the Windows RT ARM processor-tailored version of the new OS only, meaning that applications are restricted to those available from the Microsoft Store that run in the tiled interface (formerly known as Metro), and not the traditional desktop UI that can be accessed in the full versions of Windows 8.
For reference, the North American equivalents to the AU$559, AU$679, and AU$789, we're also priced this morning for that region at US$499, US$599, and US$699 respectively --not quite equivalent, but once our %10 GST is factored, perhaps not quite as disparate as usual for new hardware launches such as this.