Microsoft reveals prices for Surface tablet range starting at $499

Microsoft has accidentally revealed the prices for its Surface tablet range, showing that the cheapest model will cost $499 (£310).

Earlier today, Surface pricing was posted on the Microsoft Store online site but not long after, the page was taken down, suggesting that it was posted prematurely.

TechCrunch was able to snap a screenshot of the page (above) before it was eventually taken down. The screenshot shows the pricing for Microsoft's scaled down RT version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system designed for use on ARM-based processors.

The Surface starts at $499( £310) for an entry-level 32GB version without the Touch Cover with integrated touch-sensitive keyboard, while one with the cover runs $599 (£372). A higher-end model, a 64GB version with the Touch Cover, will cost $699 (£435).

Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet earlier this year. The RT version comes with a 10.6in screen and a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution. The device is expected to be Wi-Fi-only, and its Touch Cover add-on will work as a screen protector, stand and keyboard.

To buy the Touch Cover separately will cost $119.99 (£75) or $129.99 (£80) for the Type Cover.

A more premium Surface for Windows 8 Pro is also expected to launch, though that device will likely be more expensive than the Windows RT models.

Windows 8 is scheduled to launch on 26 October. A reported earlier today suggested that Microsoft has ordered between three and five million units of its Surface tablet, indicating that the company expects to see a healthy demand for the device ahead of the holiday season.

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