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Microsoft Surface tablet dated

Will arrive in October alongside Windows 8

Microsoft has confirmed an October 26 release date for its Surface tablet.

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The firm revealed the launch date in an annual report filed this week with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, noting that Surface will go on sale alongside the next version of its operating system - an October 26 Windows 8 release date was revealed earlier this month.

Surface products will be available in two forms. The first is expected to be a more price-friendly ARM-based version running Windows RT. It's to be followed 90 days later by a pricier Intel-based version running Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft said in its SEC filing that "suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."

Based on that statement, CNET speculates that cheaper Surface tablets could cost as little as $500-$600, while more expensive ones could top $1,000.

The cheapest Microsoft Surface price could be £650 for an entry-level 32GB model, according to a recent online retail listing.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said earlier this month that the company plans to turn up the heat on Apple by competing in all areas of technological innovation, beginning with its current focus on Surface.

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