Microsoft Slashes Price Of Surface 2 Hinting At New Windows Tablets For Holiday Season

The sly folks at Microsoft decided to snip $100 off the price of its Surface 2 tablets, bringing down the cost of entry to the Windows 8.1 RT tablet to $349 for the 32GB model. If you need more storage, the 64GB version is now priced at $449, and the 64GB with 4G LTE (on AT&T) baked in now goes for $579. What's most interesting about these price cuts is the timing.

Microsoft is scheduled to host a press event on September 30 in which it's rumored the Redmond company will introduce Windows 9 (codenamed Threshold), followed by the availability of a Release Preview around the same time. There's also been chatter of Microsoft retooling Windows RT to get rid of the Desktop mode and add pen support.

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With a new version of Windows RT possibly in the pipeline, we can't help but wonder if Microsoft is clearing inventory of existing Surface 2 tablets in preparation for a new model this holiday season. It wouldn't surprise us if Microsoft used its September 30 press event to announce a new Surface model, perhaps with Broadwell inside, though this is all speculation at this point.

As to the sale, the reduced prices are good until September 27 or "while supplies last." Interestingly, customers are allowed to order up to five slates at the discounted rate, which is another indicator that Microsoft is trying to clear out inventory.

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In addition to running Windows 8.1 RT and coming with different amounts of storage, Surface 2 specs include an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 10.6-inch Full HD 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera, full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and a few other odds and ends.

You can order Surface 2 at reduced prices at the Microsoft Store.