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Microsoft drops the price of the Surface 2 RT

Will the price reduction attract buyers?
Will the price reduction attract buyers?
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Yesterday Microsoft revealed that the are slashing 100 dollars off of the price tag for all three versions of their Surface 2 tablet/laptop hybrid. The price reduction comes just in time for the final round of back-to-school shopping. With the price temporary price reduction coming so close to the begging of the school it kind of makes us wonder if there might be another reason, such as, discontinuation of the surface rt line or just try to move old stock for a yet to be announced model.

Earlier this year Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3 to replace the Surface Pro 2. At the same time there was no replacement for the Surface 2 RT and the Surface mini, would have run Windows RT, that was so highly touted was canceled Those two things along with comments made by Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella about merge Windows Mobile and Windows RT into one version could mean that the RT line of the Surface might go on hiatus if not outright discontinued.

According to rumors posted on the news blog Digitimes there could be a Surface 3 RT coming in October. If those rumors are true then an official announcement could come in a media event in either late September or early October when Microsoft will supposedly announce the the beta release of the highly anticipated Windows Threshold/9.

No matter the reason one thing for certain is that until September 27, 2014 you will be able to purchase at the Microsoft store either 32GB, 64GB or 64GB LTE versions of the Surface 2 for $349, $449 or $580 respectfully. Each of versions comes with a 10.6-inch display with 1920x1080 1080p resolution, 2GB RAM, the Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, both a 3.5-megapixel front and a 5-megapixel rear-facing cameras and run Windows 8.1 RT. You will though need to purchase the keyboard cover separately that will be an additional $110 dollars. Microsoft also offers a bundle package where you can purchase the keybord, a gift card for Microsoft's app store, an extended warranty and carrying sleeve extra savings over buying them separately.