On June 18, we saw an educational discount for the Surface RT leak, with the program being aimed at schools and universities. The average consumer will soon have an opportunity to nab the device for a discounted rate too, however, according to a leaked Staples advertisement showing the discounted tablet at $349 - a drop of $150.
This falls in line with a rumor that surfaced earlier stating Microsoft had plans to significantly discount the Surface RT tablets, with the sources having claimed the same new pricing that we're seeing on the Staples advertisement. Although the Staples page only lists the 32GB version of the RT, the sources had claimed the 64GB version will be priced at $450 sans Touch Cover.
The Staples page links to a weekly advertisement layout, of which a few pages in we see a small square containing the newly discounted Surface RT. Clicking the advertisement block in the flyer then pulls up the Staples product page for the RT, which also lists the new pricing with a banner stating "Upcoming Deal."
There's no mention of Touch Covers being included in the deal, so we're not sure if that will be an option at this point, or if buyers will have to fetch one elsewhere at the full price. We'll known for sure starting July 14, this upcoming Sunday, however, when the deal goes live. According to the weekly advertisement flyer, the promotion will run through July 20.
Clicking on the reservation page allows you to find a store near you with the product in stock, but the final page that allows you to reserve it pulls up the current price of $499, so you'll have to move fast come Sunday to get one at the lower pricing. We'll keep an eye out for additional details on the 64GB model and possible Touch Cover discounts, so stay tuned!