Microsoft revealed in an SEC report that the Surface tablet is planned to launch on October 26. That date is identical to the launch of the Windows 8 OS platform.
The Surface will launch in two forms, the first being a more price-friendly ARM-based version running Windows RT. A few months later, there will be a more expensive model that’s Intel-based running Windows 8 Pro.
The filing noted that “suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.” Speculation has led some to believe that the lower end Surface tablets could cost as little as $500-$600, while more expensive ones could go over $1,000.