Microsoft was riding high this week after the unveiling of the Surface tablets, what with the impressive looking hardware and accessories, but MS being MS the dream eventually had to die.
And now it has. The Next Web is reporting that leaked docs show that the least expensive model, which runs Windows RT, is going to be priced at $599. The model which will run Windows 8 Pro is going to set you back nearly $1k.
Update: This is a fake
This is a disappointing turn of events. If it turns out to be true then there's not going to be nearly as much of a market as I expected; many will pick an iPad instead. I lost interest the moment I heard about the rumored price.
At least, that's assuming the rumors are reporting the correct price; I'm not so sure they are. Do you see the screen shot above? That's what TNW is bandying about as proof, and as you can see it does show the prices as $599 and $999.
If you take a close look at the screen shot, you might notice that the prices don't look quite like they belong. The don't match the font, color, or general design of the rest of the image, do they? But if you look even closer you might notice the little bit of text covered up by the prices.
It's tiny and pretty much unreadable, but I can clearly see some text sticking out from underneath the so-called prices - text which closely resembles the rest of the screen shot. And that's why I think this particular screenshot is a fake. Someone altered that screenshot - I don't know who or when, but it's been altered.
Update: I was right; this is a fake. Here's the original (thanks Felix):
Now, these tablets really could be priced at $599 and up, but we don't have any proof of that yet. All we know is that one rumor from Wednesday which was confirmed by this forged screenshot today. That's not enough to go on.
BTW, that rumor about the $599 price was originally from Digitimes. Given Digitimes' past accuracy rate the odds are excellent that they are once again wrong.
P.S. If any other evidence shows up, feel free to post a link in the comments.