There's new rumors circulating today about the Surface tablet. According to Engadget's quote unquote reliable sources, the base model Surface tablet is going to retail for a measly $199. This is the same tablet which was rumored, at one point, to cost a thousand dollars.
Thank you Engadget, I needed a giggle.
I'm laughing at Engadget right now because I have my own sources and they're saying that the Surface tablet is going to sell for far less. I've been told by sources as reliable as Engadget's that Microsoft will be selling these tablets from their stores via a barter system. Bring in a duck and 2 chickens and you can walk out with a tablet.
I've also heard that MS will hold buy-two-get-one free sales on alternate Tuesdays, and that select locations will trade you a tablet in exchange for an interpretive dance. Microsoft is also offering a bounty on the historic Microsoft plaque which was stolen from Albuquerque back in April. Return it and they'll give you your weight in Surface tablets.
Yeah, I don't think much of today's rumor, and now that I'm done heckling it let me explain why.
A $200 price tag isn't just below the parts cost for this tablet, like Engadget says; it is about half of what I expect the base model to cost in terms of parts. That makes the price not only unlikely but so improbable as to be virtually impossible.
Yes, Microsoft might decide to lose a little money on this tablet, but do you really think they'll blow tens of billions of dollars? I don't. This is one of those rumors that should never have made it past Engadget's email account. It is laughable on its very face.
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