The expansion of Microsoft’s launch plans for the Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets continue. Originally available solely at official Microsoft brick-and-mortar stores and the company’s online store, the Surface tablets have suffered from supposedly “modest” sales, presumably lagging far behind the 9.7-inch Apple iPad.
With these poor sales in mind, Microsoft announced plans to expand the Surface line’s availability to top retail stores. Recently, these retail stores were confirmed as Best Buy and Wal-Mart in the United States and John Lewis in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, a list of Canadian retailers was not included when Microsoft unveiled its list of third-party sites.
However, Canadians need not fret about the Surface being hard to find up north. Staples Canada happens to offer the 10.6-inch tablet, as it does other popular slates such as the iPad, the Google Nexus 7 and even the BlackBerry PlayBook. Pricing for the 32 GB and 64 GB Surface RT tablets is set at $619 and $719 respectively, in Canadian dollars.
The Microsoft Surface RT, which sells for $499 upwards in the United States, is a 10.6-inch tablet with pixel resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, or 148 pixels per inch. It measures 9 millimeters thin and weighs at 680 grams.
Under the hood, the Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip and 2 GB RAM, and as mentioned above, available storage options are 32 GB and 64 GB. The Surface Pro, which offers HD resolution and more storage space, will be released next month.