Microsoft’s announcement of the Surface tablet is clearly set to shake up the tech market across the world. But how much exactly will this tablet computer cost in India?
MS did not make any announcement while introducing the tablet. But it might be possible to make some educated guesses as to how it might be priced in India.There are two versions to the Surface tablet and MS says it prices will be comparable a ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook class PC.
The Ipad 2 is currently retailing for 399$ in the US and for Rs 24,500 in India. It will impossible for Surface to beat this price. But the new Ipad 3 with Wi-Fi and 3G Cellular(32GB) is very expensive at Rs. 44,900.00. The higher version of Surface, which MS says will compete with net-books can be expected to be priced in the same 40,000 Rs range as most high end net-books also start here .The lower end model is expected to be priced at about 600$ by analysts at digi times. This would mean even the lower end model will be over Rs 30000 in India.
With a whole lot of cheap tablets available (like the Blackberry Playbook) and the premium market occupied by Apple, we have to wait and see if the surface will actually be a success in the cost sensitive Indian market.