Pegatron tapped for manufacturing
new Surface tablet could end up on the pricey side if some industry sources are to be believed.
Digitimes is reporting that Pegatron will build the new tablets and sources within the notebook industry claim it will not be cheap.
The Windows 8 Pro version, based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, will reportedly cost more than $799. Frankly this is not all that surprising, especially given rather high ultrabook pricing.
However, the Windows RT model based on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 SoC will also come in at over $599. This, however, does sound a tad too pricey. Mid-range Android tablets based on Tegra 3 can be yours for as little as $399 and the upcoming Nexus 7 will reportedly end up with a $199 price tag, and it will be followed by other Nvidia Kai designs in the same price range.
Windows compatibility, good industrial design and the physical keyboard should attract corporate users, but the high price will be an obstacle in the consumer market, sources claim.