Anyone looking to snag a Windows RT tablet should hold off until Sunday, when at least one retailer will be lopping $150 off the base price of Microsoft’s Surface RT. Staples will be selling the 32GB Surface RT for $350 starting Sunday, July 14 until Saturday, July 20, as part of the retailer’s weekly promotional sales. But whether the Surface RT’s cheaper pricing is part of a larger, more permanent price cut or just a temporary drop for one model appears to be up for debate.
The Staples price drop appears to confirm an earlier report by The Verge which said Microsoft plans to cut the prices for the 32GB and 64GB Surface RT. Except it doesn’t, really.
Based on The Verge report, you will reportedly be able to pick-up the 32GB Surface RT for $350 or $450 for the 64GB model. If you want a Touch Cover accessory to go with either slate, add another $100 as you do now. But the Staples weekly ad makes no mention of a price cut for the 64GB model, even though the retailer sells that version of the Microsoft slate.
When approached by PCWorld, Microsoft said it doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.