ZDNet's Larry Dignan got his hands on a slide showing Asus' holiday line-up with its RT tablet coming in at $599 (plus another $199 for keyboard/dock), and its hybrid tab -- similar to the Intel-based Surface Pro -- coming in at $799 (plus another $199 for keyboard/dock). Paul Spain, host of the NZ Tech Podcast, got Acer to share its planned pricing for its Iconia W510 Windows 8 tablet -- its Surface Pro alternative. It will start at NZ$999 incl tax (NZ$868+tax). "A direct conversion would make this US$712 excluding tax (as the norm for US pricing)," Spain noted. (Spain has more pricing straight from Acer for other Windows 8 hardware, as well.).
I'm not sure if any of the other PC/tablet makers will talk pricing at the upcoming September 27 Intel Clover Trail showcase, but both Acer and Asus -- along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and ZTE -- are all expected to show off their new devices at the San Francisco event, We're niffler art fantastic beasts iphone case just about a month away from the day the Surface RT -- the version that runs on an ARM chip but that won't run existing third-party Windows software -- will debut, None of us in the tech press have had any real hands-on time with production versions of the device so far, So we don't really know if the hinges, the touch pads, the keyboards, the casing and all the other components Microsoft execs touted back in June are really as amazing as they looked in the orchestrated demo, None of us has had any real hands-on time with the operating system powering these machines, Windows RT, either..
If the Surface RT works, looks and feels great, I'd be willing to pay more than an iPad for one. I know there are others like me who are tired of having lots of Windows hardware from which to choose -- but almost nothing worth splurging on. Here's hoping the Surface team -- which seems to have as its charter "focusing on building devices and peripherals that fully express the Windows vision" -- comes out of the quality gates with a boom. This story originally appeared at ZDNet under the headline "Microsoft's Surface challenge: Proving it's a premium product worth a premium price."commentary There's a market for premium, differentiated PC/tablet hybrids that aren't trying to compete primarily on price. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley hopes Microsoft's Surface proves this category exists.
I think those who are predicting Microsoft's coming Surface PC/tablet hybrids will fail if they don't beat the iPad on price are wrong, I think the Microsoft Surface will fail if Microsoft fails to prove the devices are premium products worth premium prices, We still niffler art fantastic beasts iphone case don't know exactly how Microsoft intends to price the Surface, though CEO Steve Ballmer telling The Seattle Times he considered the "sweet spot" for the PC market to be between $300 and $800, We know Microsoft execs are continuing to insist tablets are PCs, So I guess that means Ballmer believes PC/tablet hybrids like the Surface -- or "pablets," as no one but me calls these things -- also should come in between $300 and $800, Keyboards like the Touch and Type keyboard covers for the Surface are probably extra, I'd think..
Maps and Passbook are game changers, according to the research firm. "Until now, Apple's iOS ecosystem has focused on virtual services, such as apps, digital music, and movies," IHS analyst Ian Fogg said in a statement. "However, with iOS version 6, Apple is moving into real-world location and financial-transaction features. The new Apple Maps and Passbook apps and accompanying location platform for app developers is the keystone for this real-world expansion, and will help support the accelerated growth of the Apple App Store market in 2012."Ironically, Apple's new Maps has triggered negative buzz among users and reviewers, who have pointed to certain key drawbacks in the app. IHS iSuppli acknowledges that Maps lacks some of the features found in Google Maps and Nokia Maps but believes Apple's version offers "many enticing features," including the turn-by-turn navigation.