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Oops! Microsoft outs Surface RT prices, starting at $499

The tablet's price goes up to $599 for those who want a Touch Cover, and will hit $699 for more storage along with the cover.

Microsoft's Surface tablet.
Microsoft's Surface tablet.
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Editor's note: Pricing on the Surface has since been confirmed. Click here for more details from the official announcement post.

Microsoft's Surface tablet pricing has been outed by the software giant.

Earlier today, Surface pricing was posted on the Microsoft Store online site. Not long after, the page was taken down, seemingly because the pricing information was put up on the site before it was supposed to go live. However, TechCrunch was able to snap a screenshot of the page before it was taken down.

Based on that screenshot, it appears Microsoft will sell its Surface with Windows RT for a starting price of $499 with 32GB of storage and no Touch Cover. Those who want a Touch Cover included in the order will need to set aside $599 for the device. Folding in an additional 32GB of storage will push the Surface's price up to $699.

Microsoft unveiled its Surface tablet earlier this year. The RT version comes with a 10.6-inch screen and a 1,280 x 720 resolution. The device is expected to be Wi-Fi-only, and its Touch Cover add-on works as a screen protector, stand, and keyboard. Surface for Windows 8 Pro is expected to launch after the Windows RT version, and will come with a "full HD" 1080p screen resolution. That device will likely be more expensive than the Windows RT model.

Windows 8 is scheduled to launch on October 26. Windows RT, which will be running on the Surfaces leaked on the store site, will run on ARM processors. Microsoft will also sell Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise versions. Those models are not compatible with ARM-based chips.

Correction 6:27 a.m. PT: This story originally misstated what the $499 price buys. For $499, a consumer gets 32GB of storage but no Touch Cover.

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