When Microsoft launched Surface RT, you could only buy the 64GB SKU with a bundled black touch cover. Although Microsoft's custom keyboard covers are an integral part of Surface's design, Microsoft offered them unbundled so: 1) you could choose whatever color you'd like, and 2) Microsoft could make tons of sweet cash on selling you a $120 cover.

Today, along with a bunch of other things, Microsoft is annoucing a 64GB Surface RT SKU without a bundled touch cover for $599. The pricing is in line with everything else, $100 more than the base 32GB configuration and competitive with other high-end ARM based tablets on the market.

Microsoft Surface RT SKUs
  32GB 64GB
Surface RT $499 $599 NEW
Surface RT + Black Touch Cover $599 $699

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  • tipoo - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    I suspect they aren't selling it for profit neutrality (like Google is with the Nexus) because they don't want to piss their partners off. I would love it if they did though. They need to get marketshare up first and foremost, agreed. Reply
  • steven75 - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    THIS! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! Reply
  • Wolfpup - Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - link

    I've been tempted by Surface..more so by Pro, but have zero interest in these touch keyboards. If I was getting a keyboard, it would be the other model (though I think I'd sooner just use a normal keyboard, or a model that comes with a normal keyboard as dock). Reply
  • kyuu - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    I've seen this same news accompanied by the note that the new Surface RT 64GB SKU will come with a free touch cover of your choice elsewhere. Reply
  • IlllI - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    anyone try that crappy felt (or whatever its made of) keyboard? i did. ~try~ is the key word. it was bad. i'd never pay that much for an over-glorified screen protector
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  • kyuu - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    I've tried it too. It actually works quite well. Still, I can't quite wrap my head around the exorbitant pricing. Reply
  • kmmatney - Thursday, January 24, 2013 - link

    It really is like the Zune all over again, except now they're competing against Google and Apple. Reply

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