The big clear-out? Microsoft set to discount Surface RT tablets by $150

by Doug Drinkwater

July 12 2013

Staples is to start selling the discounted Surface RT tablets on Sunday July 14
Staples is to start selling the discounted Surface RT tablets on Sunday July 14

Microsoft is reportedly on the verge of reducing Surface RT tablet prices by as much as $150.

Citing sources “familiar with Microsoft’s Surface plans”, The Verge reports the price cuts could come into effect as early as next week and say that each model will be discounted by $150.

This will see the 32GB and 64GB Surface RT tablets fall to $349.99 and $449.99 respectively, although adding a Touch Cover to either model will push both prices up by $100.

Staples has since confirmed the deals and has released its weekly promotional ads, which reveal that the cuts come into effect on Sunday July 14.

Microsoft has occasionally offered free Touch and Type Covers in the past, but this marks the first time the company has discounted the tablets in the consumer market. The Redmond giant has however given some big discounts to education establishments buying Surface RT tablets over the last month.

These discounts may be introduced to spur tablet sales but could also be an attempt by Microsoft to get rid of stock, with the firm rumored to be working on two new models for launch later in the year.

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