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Though Microsoft has yet to announce the pricing for its Surface tablet, one analyst is tipping the cost of the RT version between $400-$500 and the Pro between $799-$899.
"Microsoft has been very tight-lipped about the price of its Microsoft Surface range of tablets," Sameer Singh with India-based consulting group Finvista Advisors wrote in a blog post.
Singh was apparently tired of waiting and decided to come up with his own estimate, based on former bill of materials (BOM) calculations for devices like the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, and iPad.
For the RT version of the Surface, Singh's breakdown lined up all of the components, including the display ($66.95), touch screen ($43.71), processor ($21), camera ($4.10), and battery ($25.74), for a total of $298.82. Add a $10 manufacturing cost, which bumps the direct costs to $308.82.
"Microsoft would be under considerable pressure to ensure that the Surface is priced in the same ballpark as tablets from OEM partners," Singh said. "Unfortunately, OEMs are also at a cost disadvantage," he said, since the companies need to pay Microsoft a $50-$65 licensing fee per Windows RT device.
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