Microsoft launches Surface RT in Singapore with Challenger

Singapore is the first South East Asia market to launch the Microsoft Surface RT tablet computer. Both the 32GB (S$668) and 64GB (S$798) versions are now available in Singapore at 20 Challenger stores. Price list within.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet has just been launched in Singapore.

Microsoft Surface RT tablet has just been launched in Singapore.

Microsoft describes the Surface RT as “a tablet with some laptop capabilities”.

One big selling point is that the tablet ships with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT – which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

Hands-on

Physically, the Surface RT feels light at 680g and is only 9.4mm thin (275 x 172 mm in size).

Integrated kick-stand to prop the tablet up in landscape mode.

Integrated kick-stand to prop the tablet up in landscape mode.

There is an integrated kickstand that folds out behind the tablet – allowing it to stand in landscape orientation.

Unfortunately, the stand doesn’t work in portrait orientation so you’ll have to hold it with your hands instead.

The keyboard doubles up as a cover to protect the 16:9 widescreen high-definition display (10.6-inch ClearType HD touchscreen display with 1366 x 768 pixels).

It was easy to attach and separate the keyboard/cover from the tablet.

Simply pull the magnetic connectors apart or put the edges close to each other for the connectors to snap in place.

There is a full-sized USB port and microSDXC card slot for additional storage.

The Surface RT runs on a Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU with 2GB RAM.

The Touch Cover is really thin at 3mm.

The Touch Cover is really thin at 3mm.

It runs Windows RT and works exclusively with apps available in the Windows Store.

What this means is that don’t expect any software written for the full Windows OS (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP etc) to run on the tablet.

Challenger is the sole launch retailer for the Surface RT in Singapore.

Prices are listed below.

Microsoft Surface RT

Prices (incl GST)

32GB

$668

32GB + Touch Cover

$798

64GB

$798

64GB + Touch Cover

$938

Prices of accessories are listed below.

Accessories Pricing (incl GST)
Touch Cover (Black, White, Cyan)

$168

Type Cover (Black)

$183

Wedge Touch Mouse Limited Edition Surface Model

$89

24W Power Supply

$58

VGA Adapter for Surface RT

$58

HD Digital AV Adapter for Surface RT

$58

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