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Microsoft Surface UK prices start at £400

New range of tablets priced competitively against iPad

Having yesterday revealed US Surface prices, Microsoft has detailed how much the upcoming range of tablets will cost in the UK.

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The 32GB base unit is priced at £399, while the same model with a Touch Cover Keyboard will retail for £479. A 64GB version with Touch Cover Keyboard is available to pre-order for £559.

In comparison, a 16GB iPad 3 costs £399, a 32GB one £479 and a 64GB one £559 (Wi-Fi only models). Wi-Fi and 3G capable iPad 3s are £100 more expensive.

The baseline Surface model supports Windows RT, a customised tablet variant of the widely criticised Windows 8 operating system. Special 'pro' editions of Surface (with a more powerful processor and other miscellanea) will ship at a later date.

Microsoft has confirmed a Microsoft Surface release date of October 26, the same day as the Windows 8 release date

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