At a convenient time for Australians, Microsoft just announced the worldwide availability and pricing for the much anticipated Surface RT tablet. For geeks down under, the Surface RT tablet can be in your hands November 6 starting at AUD $559.
The pricing breakdown (including GST) is
- Surface RT 32GB: $559
- Surface RT 32GB + Touch Cover: $679 ($698.99 sold separately)
- Surface RT 64GB + Touch Cover: $789
- Touch Cover (Black, white, magenta, cyan, red): $139.99
- Type Cover (Black): $149.99
Preorders start from 3am (today) Wednesday, 17th of October online at the Microsoft Store (Australia).
From the press release:
Surface with Windows RT will initially be available in three SKUs: a 32GB version priced at AUD $559.00, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $679.00, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at AUD $789.00. Prices are GST inclusive.
A variety of accessories will also be available, including Touch Covers in five vibrant colours — black, white, magenta, cyan and red — priced at AUD $139.99 so customers can express their personal style1. Customers will also have the option to purchase a Type Cover in black for AUD $149.99, which adds moving keys for a more traditional typing feel.
For those keeping score of the “Australian tax” for technology products currently under government inquiry, the Surface in Australia has a markup over our American buddies of roughly $60 (USD $499 vs. AUD $559). This is comparable to the $40 markup for the iPad (USD $499 vs. AUD $539).