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Microsoft Surface tablet causing retailers to clear Windows slate stocks?

Misco is selling the Acer Iconia W500 for as little as £310 after a £50 cash back. The tablet runs on Windows 7 Home Premium with an AMD C50 dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, Wi-Fi and a 12.1in 1,280 x 800 pixels.

(opens in new tab)The W500 also comes with a 3-cell battery that can last for four hours, Bluetooth 3.0 and two 1.3-megapixel cameras. it has a full-size dockable keyboard with tiled keys. The tablet itself weighs under 1Kg like the latest Windows 8-based Surface tablet ad uses Acer's Ring user interface.

Other features include HDMI port, a docking port, a 13.3mm thickness and a card reader. Earlier today, we reported that the Samsung Series 8 XE700T slate tablet has seen its price cut down to £670.

It is likely that other manufacturers like HP or Fujitsu will soon cut the prices of their Windows tablets as well as the countdown for the launch of Surface tablets nears.

Microsoft launched Surface earlier today amidst a flurry of rumours regarding the out-of-the-blue invite to the press. It is not known yet when the tablet will be launched, at what cost and who will manufacture it.

Source : Misco (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.