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Microsoft said today it’s Microsoft Surface tablet PC will initially be available in three RT versions: a 32GB version priced at US$499, a 32GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$599, and a 64GB version bundled with a black Touch Cover priced at US$699.

Surface with Windows RT is available as a pre-order today.

Microsoft Surface will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 26, 2012, at all Microsoft Store locations in the United States and Canada, including in all 34 new holiday stores. Earlier, the WSJ reported that Microsoft anticipated selling as many as 3 to 5 million of these tablets in Q4.

The Surface has a slightly larger display than the iPad – 10.6 inches versus 9.7 inches – and has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, as opposed to the Apple’s dual-core A5X chip. It also has 2GB of RAM, more than most tablets available on the market, including the new iPad with its 1GB configuration. For the same price as a 64GB iPad, you get a full keyboard and multitouch-capable touchpad.

Available as of October 26 are five touch covers in a choice of black, white, magenta, cyan and red, priced at $119.99 each. The one and only type cover, which is targeted at users who prefer a more “traditional” typing experience, comes in black only and is $129.99.

As Mary Jo Foley pointed out, the Surface isn’t being presented as a consumption-only device.

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