Following on from a similar deal for Apple iPads, the retailer says that Surface owners will get a Best Buy gift card worth at least $200 when they trade in a working Surface tablet in-store.
To be eligible for the offer, the Surface tablet must be able to power up, be free of any water or liquid damage, and have a screen that isn’t cracked. The promotion is due to run until October 21, one day before Microsoft launches the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.
Both tablets go on sale starting October 22. The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 "are close to selling out," Microsoft's developers account tweeted earlier today.
But it's not clear how many Surface tablets were actually pre-ordered and whether in fact there could be a supply issue come the official release date.
An under-supply would be ironic in light of Microsoft having to earlier take a $900 million write-off for unsold Surface RT tablets, a model being replaced by the Surface 2 running the new Windows 8.1 operating system.
Panay was demonstrating the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets with Windows hardware scientist Stevie Bathiche at the Microsoft store in Seattle’s University Village on Monday, when he appeared to confirm the possibility of a Surface Mini.
“We have a lot of great things that we are thinking about and working on, and there are multiple aspect ratios and sizes and awesome things to come from Surface,” said Panay. His comments were first reported by GeekWire.
The Surface vice president also reiterated that a LTE-enabled version of the Surface 2 will be coming early next year but made it clear that this option won’t be available with the [...]
Ironically, Microsoft has been promoting a trade-in program that offers cash for used tablets, just not those made by Microsoft.
eBay told Computerworld that the average selling price of a first-generation 32GB Surface RT tablet is currently $285, almost half the $499 many buyers paid when the Surface RT was released a year ago, but much closer to what Microsoft sells it for now ($349).
The 128GB Surface Pro tablet, which unlike RT tablets, runs the full-fledged version of Windows 8, sells for an average $741 on eBay. The Surface Pro currently has a list prices of $899, a hundred dollars less the original $999 price.
The new Surface 2 tablets are set [...]
Peripherals promise to be a key part of the offering. Sources say Microsoft will show a new Surface docking station that will work with Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 models only and include one USB 3 and three USB 2 ports.
Also said to be on tap is a Surface Power Cover, a thicker version of the current Surface Type cover/keyboard. This cover will include a built-in battery that will extend the battery life of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 devices by some (still unknown) amount.
The design is expected to be largely the same as the original with the addition of an adjustable kickstand that will include the standard “laptop mode” and a new angle designed for use on uneven surfaces.
Surface Pro 2 should also be faster as it will powered by Intel’s new Haswell processor. And in addition to longer battery life, some models will available with 8GB of RAM on board.