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Microsoft to start selling Surface tablets from midnight October 26

by Doug Drinkwater

October 5 2012

Those looking to get their hands on a Surface tablet will be happy to hear that the first tablets will hit Microsoft’s U.S. pop-up stores from midnight October 26.

The Redmond firm is reportedly holding a press launch event on October 25, with this event to showcase both the new Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft's first Surface tablets.

According to The Verge, a company spokesman has said that the Surface will then become available at some of the firm’s pop-up retail stores at midnight, presumably in the hope that it can generate Apple-like queues. 

However, it remains to be seen if consumers will flock to these stores given Microsoft is yet to announce a price for the Surface tablets.

Previously, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has hinted that the Surface tablets will hit a ‘sweet spot’ between $300 and $800.

There are two versions of the 10-inch Surface; one running Windows RT (the ARM edition of Windows 8) and one with an Intel processor. The Windows RT model -- which is expected to turn up on October 26 -- has an Nvidia Tegra processor, 32GB or 64GB of storage, and connections for USB 2.0, micro HDMI and a micro SD card.

The Intel-powered Surface Pro runs the Windows 8 Pro operating system, boasts an x86 processor and comes with 128GB of storage, a FullHD display as well as connections for USB 3.0 and mini DisplayPort. Both models will come with Touch Cover, Microsoft's keyboard/kick stand for the device.

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