Who knows? Lenovo apparently. An executive who works at the second biggest maker of PCs is saying that Microsoft will price the tablets running its Windows RT operating system at $200 to $300 below their Intel-based Windows 8 counterparts.
ARM-based tablets running Windows RT will be priced for consumers, while Intel and AMD-based Win RT tablets will attract corporate customers in the price range of $600 to $700, Lenovo’s head of North American operations David Schmoock told Bloomberg Thursday.
This is contrast to reports where the ARM-based slates will enter the market at $199.
Surface tablets are set to debut on October 26, which is basically the whole Windows 8 onslaught that Microsoft is betting heavy on. If Win 8 tablets sell for $600 to $700 and Win RT for $300 less, that positions the new tablet to go head-to-head with a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2, which is currently priced at $400.
Surface tablets running RT won’t be able to run applications written for the slates running Windows 8, and while they will be sold with a version of Microsoft’s best-selling productivity suite, Office, the software won’t be as robust as that found on the Intel slabs.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Lenovo, Samsung, Dell, and Asus, which makes Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, will ship RT tablets in the first quarter of 2013.