Ahead of Apple and their announcement of a smaller iPad, Microsoft have announced the pricing for their Surface tablet.
Starting today you can walk into a Microsoft store or go to Surface.com and pre-order the Windows RT version of the tablet. $499 will get you a 32GB version of the Surface, $599 gives you the 32GB Surface with a Touch Cover and $699 gets you a 64GB Surface with Touch Cover.
If you want to purchase additional covers, the Touch Cover will set you back $120 while the Type Cover keyboard will cost $130.
Only just with a slightly lower specification than the Lumia 920, Nokia announce the Lumia 820. This will be Nokia’s mid-range phone but it’s still got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch display, 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of storage which can be increased by a microSD card.
Going back to the late 90′s, Nokia are reintroducing exchangeable covers for the Lumia 820.
When released the Nokia Lumia 820 will be available on T-Mobile and AT&T.
Via: The Verge
Today at the Windows Phone 8 event, Nokia have announced the Lumia 920. As Nokia’s new Windows Phone flagship it beats all the previous specs of the Lumia 900. The biggest change from the original Lumia phones is that it runs Windows Phone 8.The biggest internal spec change would be the 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. The display has also been increased, now it’s a 4.5-inches with what Nokia are calling ‘PureMotion HD+. Battery capacity is 2,000mAh, NFC makes and appearance and last but not least the Nokia Lumia 920 has an 8-megapixel PureView that can record video in 1080p.
If your planning on playing Halo 4 online (and you obviously are) Microsoft say that you’ll need at least 8GB of free space to do so.
“At a minimum, you’ll need at least an 8GB USB Flash Drive or an Xbox 360 Hard Drive to play Multiplayer mode in Halo 4. For an optimal experience playing with an Xbox 360 Hard Drive is highly recommended”.
8GB comes across as a lot but you have to remember that Halo 4 will ship with 10 multiplayer maps.
When Microsoft showed us two new tablets they both looked very appealing. What they failed to announce was the price for either their Surface running Windows RT or the Surface running Windows 8 Pro.
A source close to Microsoft has informed TNW that the RT model will start at $599 and the Pro model at $999. The price for the Pro model isn’t really surprising but $599 for the RT version seems pretty excessive considering it won’t have no where near the app selection of an iPad and will have an inferior display coming in at 1366×768. The high price tag could be justified by the inclusive of the keyboard cover but I have a sneaking suspicion this will be an optional extra.
If the $599 price for the RT is correct, its going to be a hard sale for Microsoft to convince a regular consumer, let alone someone technically savvy to invest in the RT tablet.
Students buying a new PC will be entitled to a free Xbox 360. Providing your studying in the U.S. or Canada and purchase a PC from a participating retailer, Microsoft’s gaming console will be yours for nothing. This offer starts on May 20th in the U.S. and buyers must spend $699 or more on a PC from Best Buy, Dell.com, Fry’s Electronics, HPDirect.com, Microsoft Stores or NewEgg.com. The Canadian deal started from May 18th and you must spend $599 or more on a PC from Best Buy, Dell.ca, Future Shop, Staples and The Source.
Source: The Windows Blog
As The Verge reported last week Microsoft have gone ahead and started selling Xbox 360′s for $99, here’s the deal. You sign up to a two-year Xbox Live Gold membership at $14.99 per month and in exchange for your loyalty Microsoft will sell you a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect for $99. If you take the plunge and sign into the deal and later change your mind you’ll have be hit with a $250 early termination fee which applies for the first three months, then drops to $240 in the fourth month and then it drops $12 every month after that. To take advantage of the deal you will have to take the coupon to one of Microsoft’s retail stores
Until now Skype for Windows Phone has been in a private beta but now its made its way to the Marketplace. Now at version number 1.0 the Skype app let’s you search and add new contacts, call landlines and make video calls or voice calls to other Skype users over a mobile connection or WiFi. Despite now being out of beta the app still cannot run in the background which means once you leave the app you won’t be able receive your calls or send messages which is kind of a big deal.
Even with its limitations will you be downloading Skype for your Windows Phone?
Microsoft are determined that Windows 8 and the Windows Store are going to be a success. A successful app store depends more on the quality of apps than quantity and Microsoft are looking to make it as easy as possible for developers to get their apps submitted to the store. In a 5 minute video Microsoft outline the main steps of getting your app into the Windows store from reserving your app name to uploading your app packages. Video after the break. Read more…
While its been out in Europe since last year thus far the only Nokia Windows Phone 7 you could purchase in the US was the Lumia 710. From the 14th February this will be changing as Microsoft retail stores will be selling the unlocked version of the Nokia Lumia 800 for a whopping $899. For such a high price you should expected some bundled accessories and if you should choose to buy the Lumia 800 you would also receive a Nokia Play 360 wireless speaker, an in ear Bluetooth headset and a Purity HD stereo headset. The Lumia 800 cannot be brought on its own, it has to be purchased with the above accessories which probably contributes to the $899 price tag. Are you willing to spend a small fortune on this phone or will you wait until AT&T releases the Lumia 800′s bigger brother, the Lumia 900?