No, no, Surface RT is not included in this list. But apart from Microsoft’s flagship tablet, several other hardware makers have cut recently prices on Windows RT tablets.
Surface RT was the first tablet to launch late last year, and was followed by a bunch of slates from other manufacturers like Lenovo, Dell, Asus and more. All these models housed ARM based processors and were powered by Microsoft’s Windows RT.
But while Surface RT has kept its plush price, other hardware makers are bringing out discounts
According to a report by Computerworld, the price for the Asus VivoTab RT, a slate that launched at $599 with 32GB of storage is now retailing for as low as $377.99 over at Amazon. An amazing concession, but I am sure the end consumers are not complaining.
Dell’s Windows RT effort, the XPS 10 has just witnessed a $50 discount for its 32GB variant, and now can be had for a sweet price of $449. The 64GB version gets an even bigger price cut of $100 and is now priced at $499.
The curiously named Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 hybrid (notebook tablet convertible) sees itself go down $200, and Amazon is now shipping them out for $499.
Microsoft is yet to announce any specific discounts for its Surface RT tablets as it brings its tablet to new markets, the company’s own Microsoft Store is offering several price cuts on Windows 8 PCs.
While some may be inclined to suggest that this reflects on the poor performance of the Windows RT platform itself, fact remains that it is too soon to tell. It has been mere months since the release of the RT brand, and the story still has a few years left in it before a conclusion can be drawn.