Let's be honest: while we don't know a huge amount about the Microsoft Surface tablet, it's not likely to be taking on the Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire for ultimate cheapness, is it?
No. But if you've been hearing rumours that the Surface might start at £650 and premium models could cost as much as £1,400, rest assured: this is one rumour that has no basis in truth.
Quite a few stories have popped up today reporting a rumour that prices for the as-yet-unspecified Surface have leaked via Swedish retail site Webhallen. Given the high profile of the Windows 8-wielding Surface and our hunger for more details, that's newsworthy enough on its own, but it wasn't the news itself that made the headlines, but the details. As in the actual prices.
Webhallen listed four Surface models, two Windows 8 RT models (32GB and 64GB) and two Windows 8 Pro models (64GB and 128GB), and listed the prices at 6990/9900Kr and 12990/14990Kr respectively.
Assuming you don't regularly convert between Pound and Krona, we're talking £650/£925 and £1,200/£1,400.
Insane, right? Insane, and completely inaccurate too. Webhallen has revealed to Techie Buzz that the prices are simply pre-order place-holders, and deliberately inflated ones too.
“Just to clarify, we have not recieved any pricing from Microsoft regarding MRSP or purchasing net cost, and any people who have booked the Surface at this high price will of course have their order adjusted before any product is shipped. So we’re not going to overcharge anyone for being an early adopter.”