Surface release date confirmed.
Microsoft have confirmed the release date for their upcoming Surface tablet, as being October 26 - alongside the launch of Windows 8.
The news comes from a form submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in which Microsoft also admits they will struggle to compete in the tablet market with Apple and other established competitors, saying “our competitors have been in the market longer and in some cases have established significantly large user bases”, and efforts to compete will “will increase our cost of revenue and reduce our operating margins”. Microsoft acknowledge they “may not achieve significant revenue from new product and service investments for a number of years, if at all”.
Microsoft also acknowledge that the release of the Surface will frustrate companies which are already set to produce other Windows 8 based tablets. “…our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
While pricing is still to be announced, the specs of initial Surface tablet will put it in competition with tablets such as the iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab range. A higher spec model will release 90 days later.
Check out a pretty epic video introduction to the Surface here.