Follow the Surface RT price cut in U.S. on July 14, all Surface RT models in Malaysia receives RM450 price cut.
The 32GB Surface RT price was RM1549, now sells for RM1099 (29% discount). The 64GB Surface RT model also get RM450 off, now sells for RM1399 (was RM1849) or 24% discount.
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Note that no discount for Surface RT accessories’ price, such as Touch Cover (RM379), Type Cover (RM409), etc.
You still get Surface RT + Black Touch Cover combo by topping up RM300 (same price) on the Surface RT device price.
A quick checks at Microsoft Surface RT retail partners, LiewCF notices that Challenger and SNS Network have updated Surface RT tablets to the latest prices, while ThunderMatch and Harvey Norman are still listing the former prices.
The Surface Pro remains the same price: RM2749 (64GB) and RM3049 (128GB).
Surface RT specs
Surface RT tablet is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 2GB RAM. The display is 10.6-inch with 1366×768 resolution. Dual 1.2MP cameras, one USB port, support microSDXC memory card and HD video output. WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. Battery life up to 8 hours and weight 680 grams.
Surface RT runs Windows RT can only run Windows Store apps, it does not support Windows desktop software. Surface RT is pre-installed free Office Home and Student 2013 RT.
Usable space in 32GB Surface RT is 15GB, and 45GB free space in 64GB Surface RT.
We know that Surface RT is poor-selling tablet. This Surface RT price cut might be the preparation for second-generation Surface RT devices. Microsoft is focusing on home-grown hardware now.
Tablet buying decision is not only about the hardware. Every tablet needs a great apps support. As for comparison, Windows Store app has only 80,000 apps, while Google Play app store has 850,000 Android apps and Apple App Store has 900,000 iOS apps. Go figure.
With the price cut, 32GB (15GB free space) Surface RT is now RM400 cheaper than 16GB (14GB free space) iPad with Retina display (RM1499) in Malaysia.
Will you buy Surface RT because it is cheaper now? Or, will you buy a Windows RT tablet?