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October 16, 2012

Microsoft Surface Priced: 32GB For $499 Without Touch Cover, $599 With; 64GB For $699

Microsoft's Surface tablet pricing has been outed by the software giant.

Earlier today, Surface pricing was posted on the Microsoft Store online site. Not long after, the page was taken down, seemingly because the pricing information was put up on the site before it was supposed to go live.

Based on that screenshot, it appears Microsoft will sell its Surface with Windows RT for a starting price of $499 with 32GB of storage and a Touch Cover. Those who want a Touch Cover included in the order will need to set aside $599 for the device. Adding an additional 32GB of storage will push the Surface's price up to $699.

Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet earlier this year. The RT version comes with a 10.6-inch screen and a 1,280 x 720 resolution. The device is expected to be Wi-Fi-only, and its Touch Cover add-on works as a screen protector, stand, and keyboard. Surface for Windows 8 Pro is expected to launch after the Windows RT version, and will come with a "full HD" 1080p screen resolution. That device will likely be more expensive than the Windows RT model.

Windows 8 is scheduled to launch on October 26. Windows RT, which will be running on the Surfaces leaked on the store site, will run on ARM processors. Microsoft will also sell Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise versions. Those models are not compatible with ARM-based chips.