Microsoft intends to launch its Surface RT device in Japan soon, or as Nikkei news has reported, it can happen as early as next month. However, no specific dates are mentioned and the most that Microsoft has confirmed to CNET is that “Surface will be coming to Japan in the near future.”
As for the tablet’s pricing, it is speculated that the base 32 GB version of the Surface RT could be priced 50,000 yen, which turns out to be around $530. This, if true, will make the starting model a bit costlier than its US version, which is sold for $499.
The Surface RT is the most affordable tablet the company has ever released and was designed to battle the iPad or the other Android tablet offerings. Consumers, for the most part, did not like to be limited to only the new style of apps and the inability to use legacy Windows apps.
Microsoft hopes things could change for the better once more apps arrive at the scene, but there is a bright light. There is currently a massive effort by XDA to make Windows RT Tablets run apps compatible with the x86 platform.