Microsoft Surface 32GB Tablet $559 (Pre-Order) Available from Friday 14th Dec @ HN

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Microsoft Surface 32GB Tablet $559 (Pre-Order) Available from Friday 14th Dec @ HN. Pre-order now! no money down.

The Surface 32GB Tablet lets you see more, share more and do more, with it's Quad Core nVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB Storage, a 10.6" ClearType HD Multi-Touch Display, a front and rear 720p HD LifeCam, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity as well as Windows RT to boot.

More than a Tablet

Made from thoughtful and precise design, the unique VaporMG casing delivers a high-quality fit that's ultra-light and durable, with a 10.6" ClearType 5-point Multi-Touch HD Display awaiting your touch. Also on the back is a Kickstand that enables hands-free entertainment.

Windows RT

Meet the Windows RT operating system, which offers you live tiles and notifications to keep you up to date with information in real time. Customise and arrange it your way, whether it be apps, the Start screen, background and many more options.

Connect your Senses

The Surface provides a full-sized USB 2.0 port, microSDXC card slot, a headset jack, HD Video out port as well as an Ambient light sensor, an Accelerometer, a Gyroscope and a Compass to accommodate for your on-the-go use.

Seriously Fun

Boost productivity with the Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview, enjoy Xbox connectivity, check your social media on accompanying apps and download even more apps from the Windows Store to suit your taste and needs.

OS Windows RT; Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote). Works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

Exterior 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in
VaporMg casing
Dark Titanium colour
Volume and Power buttons

Storage 32GB*
*1GB = 1 billion bytes; formatted storage capacity may be less

Display 10.6" ClearType HD Display
1366x768 pixels
16:9 (widescreen)
5-point multi-touch

CPU Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3

Wireless Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0 technology
Battery 31.5 W-h
Cameras and A/V Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing
Two microphones,
Stereo speakers
Ports Full-size USB 2.0
microSDXC card slot
Headset jack
HD video out port
Cover port
Sensors Ambient light sensor

Power Supply 24W power supply

Warranty 2-year hardware warranty

Apps (included) Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview2 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote); Windows Mail and Messaging; SkyDrive; Internet Explorer 10; Bing; Xbox Music, Video and Games.


  • +1 vote

    Hmmm how is this a deal? Is it $599 after the preorder ends?

  • +2 votes

    Standard price only difference is you can buy in store.

  • +1 vote

    not a deal regular price

  • +7 votes

    Hrm, Windows RT operating system. Make sure you know what your getting.

    • +1 vote

      An awesome device that can be used for content creation as well as consumption.

      Note this is not windows 8 much like osx is not iOS

      It does allow home group sharing
      Remote Desktop
      Connecting to work groups

      • -2 votes

        Not sure how something can be "awesome" before anyone has used it. Seems like just another tablet to me. Also not a deal, it's RRP.

      • +2 votes

        "Note this is not windows 8 much like osx is not iOS"

        That is exactly what I was referring to. I think that this might not be clear to the vast majority of people and those who might be tempted to preorder before using one or reading reviews about the available software should be advised to do so. I actually think it is bad form on Microsofts part to use the naming convection like they did I'm sure my parents wouldn't see or suspect anything different they would say "Windows RT .. So basically a new version of Windows XP or something right?". Windows software will need to be specifically made/ recompiled / rewritten / redistibuted for this platform - you won't just be able to run your existing application / software in the desktop mode - this information shouldn't be a foot note on the product.

        I don't hate the idea, I'm keen to have a look and try it out - but I'm certainly not going to pre-order.

  • +2 votes

    Not a deal this rrp

    The tablet is awesome though!!

    Would be good if they had the 64gb not in a bundle as I want the type cover and not the touch cover and don't want to pay for both

  • +2 votes

    Jb is also getting these so you should be able to negotiate a better price

  • +3 votes

    This does not seem to be a bargain

  • +1 vote

    Can you imagine the shitstorm if someone posted iPads at full retail as a bargain? no deal


    "Made from thoughtful and precise design"…


  • +1 vote

    wait for the pro until the price down

  • +1 vote

    this is kind of a deal as it is alerting us that the Surface is now available in big name stores - up till now online only - you will never be able to get a cheaper price as I would say it is locked in with Microsoft - this tab good for lots of reasons but apparently sluggish - i would love to have one though as it would integrate with my Microsoft world - thanks OP.


      The prerelease software was a little sluggish. Once you update to final build it is smooth as butter


      Give the current demand for Windows 8, I would expect to see heavy discounting in the new year to move stock. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you see this bundled with laptops in the near future.

      • +1 vote

        This is not windows 8. It is an iPad competitor. It is selling quite well actually. It won gizmodo tablet of the year.

        It is to windows 8 what osx is is to iOS.

        It does however have office included

  • +3 votes

    Note you only get 16gb link——————>

  • +1 vote

    Be careful, the actual storage might be under 20GB


    There is a 64gb version as well which comes bundled with the touch cover

  • +5 votes

    i would wait for the pro

  • +2 votes

    PLEASE NOTE: This 32GB version has only got 16GB of free space.


    Does Windows RT allow me to download additional software/program at my discretion?

    As many tablets only comes with pre-loaded softwares and does not allow personalised download except for apps.

    • +2 votes

      it has apps from the MS store and that's it. It's a tablet like any other with the advantage of an almost complete office package (advanced excel features are not available for example)


      Same as an iPad you download apps from the ms store currently there are about 15000 apps. 48 out of the top 50 iPad apps are in the store

      You also get full office for free

      The only features it misses are Visual Basic, macros and pivot tables

  • Moved to forums as this is standard price. Nice to know you can preorder, but its not a bargain over other retail outlets.

    • +4 votes

      Funny how you didnt bother to move the nexus release into the discussiom area

      • Not funny.

        We need to be here every time to see some of these.

        Two wrongs dont make a right.

        So in that case if a mistake is made, does that mean that now we cant ever invoke some sort of order into the system?

        Also will then depend on members reporting the issue and to some extent if there are a lot of votes already for the "deal".

        And we are humans and not always perfect or ogres. Nor is this forum taking sides in a technology debate.

        • +2 votes

          shawn_low on 18/11/2012 - 21:26…(2207 clicks)
          Edited by scotty 18/11/2012 - 22:21

          We need to be here every time to see some of these.

          Looks like it was actually 'seen' within a hour of being posted…just saying! ;)

        • Well the deal I assumed they were referring to was

          Bargainhunter2 on 30/10/2012 - 03:45 (4068 clicks)
          Edited by foobar, scotty 30/10/2012 - 08:54 with 30 odd positive votes AND no reports

          I guess the problem is when making an issue of something its better to give some link so we can all comment on the same thing.

          BTW I did also say

          So in that case if a mistake is made, does that mean that now we cant ever invoke some sort of order into the system?

          To be fair, please acknowledge my Ass cover here :)

          And maybe a PM to Scotty might be in order ;)

        • +2 votes

          To be fair, please acknowledge my Ass cover here :)

          Agreed, your ass is well & truly covered…I just couldn't resist a dig! :p


    Unlike the yet to be released Pro version, this RT is not W8 & is just another overpriced tablet /wannabe Ipad/laptop that's about as compatible with your existing M$ software as Apple's ios6 or Android.

  • +1 vote

    Good to see microsoft joining the tablet market.

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