Microsoft Surface RT bundle with black Touch Cover to get $50 permanent discount on Aug. 30

By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 25, 2013 11:01 AM EDT

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Microsoft will reportedly reduce the price of its Surface RT bundle, which includes the Surface RT tablet and the black Touch Cover Keyboard, starting on Aug. 30.

The company was already rumored to cut the price tag of the Touch Cover accessory from $119.99 to a more affordable $79.99, but it now seems the whole bundle will receive a discount.

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The news comes from WPCentral, which claims that Microsoft will drop the price of the Surface RT bundle by $50 starting on Aug. 30. Moreover, this price cut will reportedly be permanent, not just a limited-time promotional offer.

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet did not exactly fly off the shelves and the company has reduced the price of the slate several times already. The new discounts further suggest that Microsoft is struggling to get rid of existing Surface RT inventory.

The previously rumored price cut for the Touch Cover included all five colors of the case and was expected to occur on Aug. 30.

"We can also now confirm that the Surface RT bundle, which includes both the Surface RT device and a black Touch Cover, will also reflect the price decrease," reports WPCentral.

The Microsoft Surface RT is currently available in either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage configurations and a bundled black Touch Cover for $449 and $549, respectively. With the new discounts reportedly starting on Aug. 30, however, the same bundles will be available for $399 and $499, marking a $50 discount over the previous price tags.

It's worth noting that customers interested in purchasing the Surface RT bundle will not get to choose the color, but they will save $30 compared to purchasing the Surface RT tablet ($349.99) and the Touch Cover accessory ($79.99) separately.

While Android tablets and Apple's iPad seem only to be gaining more and more popularity, Microsoft's Surface RT has never fared all that well to begin with. Microsoft tried to attract more customers to the slate by applying several discounts, but it appears that was not enough. The new discounts aim to make the tablet more attractive, offering the Surface RT for a more affordable price.



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