Prices for the slate and its assorted bundles have been cut substantially and now start from S$488 with immediate effect. Do we smell an imminent successor?

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Microsoft has dropped the price of their Surface RT slate and its various bundles by S$180 with immediate effect. That’s a pretty drastic price reduction so could this be a sign that the Redmond-based behemoth is clearing its existing inventory to make way for a possible successor? Considering that the tablet is running on appreciably dated hardware — with the likes of a last generation Nvidia Tegra 3 processor that simply won’t cut it in today’s context — it might veritably be the case. Either way, it’s good news for those who still fancy Microsoft’s first effort in the tablet space and don’t mind the old hardware.

Prices:

Surface RT 32GB: S$488 (UP: S$668)

Surface RT 64GB: S$618 (UP: S$798)

Surface RT 32GB w/ Touch Cover: S$618 (UP: S$798)

Surface RT 64GB w/ Touch Cover: S$748 (UP: S$928)

The Surface RT is available at all Challenger, Harvey Norman and Newstead retailers islandwide.