To Good to be True? Microsoft Surface RT may be priced at just $199

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Microsoft Surface is getting a fair amount of attention this week. First we had rumors of 8-13 hour battery life and lighter-than-iPad designs. Now we have a rumor that suggests the base RT model will launch at just $199, in stark contrast to the earlier suggestions that the cheapest Surface RT tablet might be as expensive as $1000.

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Microsoft Acknowledges That Surface Tablets Represent A Potentially Risky Move

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When the Microsoft Surface was first unveiled there were many in the tech world that felt it was an attractive looking tablet design, but it also raised up questions including whether or not it could potentially affect Microsoft’s Windows OEM partner relationships. Microsoft of course was quick to shrug this all off when talking directly to the public, but according to new government filings to the Securities and Exchange Commission it seems that the boys and girls at Redmond understand a true risk does exist with their new tablet initiative.

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Rumors Claim Microsoft Surface Tablet Could Sell for $1000+

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Microsoft did tell us that the RT version (ARM) of Surface would be price competitive with similar ARM-based tablets and the Pro line should fall in with Ultrabook pricing, so at least we have a vague price tag in mind. Despite all of this, a Swedish website has posted the Surface and all four of its variants at prices that translate roughly to $1,001 and up.

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Windows 8 Will Support High-End Retina-Style Displays

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In the blog post Microsoft’s David Washington detailed how Windows 8, which is on its way later this year, will handle a multitude of different equipment and display setups, including the way that Metro will scale itself with different resolutions. At the standard 1366×768, no scaling will be needed but at other resolutions this is going to change in order to make the UI look and work as best as possible. With a 1920×1080 resolution there will be 140% scaling applied and for 2560×1440 resolutions there would even be 180% scaling.

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